A new pilot program is giving landowners a high-tech solution to their feral hog problem.
Todd Dobson owns land in Miller County and has a big problem with feral hogs. “It’s not uncommon at all to see groups of thirty, forty, fifty a time. When they get through, it’ll look like a bulldozer’s been through there, they destroy the place.“
Dobson is the first to take part in a new pilot program. He’s using a new trapping system, which resembles a corral, for free. “Within two or three days we had eleven caught,“ he said.
Miller County Extension Agent Jennifer Caraway wants to make the seventy-five hundred dollar trap available to residents who need it. “The population is exploding and becoming more and more difficult to control in our area,“ she said.
Right now the trap is on loan from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. “What’s so great about this trap is that it works,“ she said.
The trap features two gates that are controlled from a cell phone. “Once you get activity in, he has an app on his phone, he pulls that up and it’s as simple as pressing a button and both of those gates fall,“ Dobson said.
For now, the trap is being shared with other counties in Southwest Arkansas. Miller County agriculture officials hope that if enough residents show a need for the trap, the county may get one of its own.
For information on how to take part in the program, call Jennifer Caraway at the Miller County Extension Office at (870) 779-3609