MDC and partners eliminate more than 6,500 feral hogs from Missouri’s landscape in 2017

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  1. venatic

    venatic ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    MDC and partners eliminate more than 6,500 feral hogs from Missouri’s landscape in 2017

    Increased partnerships and a public awareness campaign led to increased success.

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) feral hog strike team has tallied up elimination numbers for 2017. The year yielded a total of 6,567 feral hogs removed by MDC, partner agencies and private landowners. In 2016, 5,358 feral hogs were removed from the landscape.

    Crews in southeast Missouri removed 2,858 feral hogs, which is where the highest density of feral hogs occurs. The Ozark region removed 2,576 and the Southwest region removed 932 feral hogs. Other regions across Missouri had around 100 or fewer feral hogs removed.

    “We’re seeing positive impacts in areas with smaller feral hog populations, such as on the western side of the state,” said Mark McLain, MDC’s feral hog elimination team leader. “Our overall success for 2017 can be attributed to our strategic approach to eliminating populations of feral hogs.”

    McLain said it’s essential that the public understand why feral hogs must be eliminated.

    “These are a destructive, invasive species that doesn’t belong here; they’re not a native species,” McLain said. “They out-compete native wildlife for habitat and food. For example, places with a lot of feral hogs will see their wild turkey and deer population diminish.”

    McLain said feral hogs present potential for diseases to spread to humans, pets and livestock and that he hopes the message that hunting is not an effective method for eliminating feral hog populations is starting to catch on.

    “For over 20 years, unregulated take of feral hogs was allowed in Missouri, during which time our feral hog population expanded from a few counties to over 30 counties,” he said.

    In 2017, MDC, the Corps of Engineers and the LAD Foundation established regulations against feral hog hunting on lands owned and managed by these three organizations.

    “A persistent piece of this story is continued illegal releases of feral hogs, which establishes populations and further spreads the problem,” McLain said. “This is illegal and when caught, those who release feral hogs face hefty fines.”

    McLain said MDC and its many partners are committed to eliminating feral hogs from Missouri. Organizations that have partnered against feral hogs in Missouri include:

    • Missouri Farm Bureau
    • Missouri Corn Growers Association
    • Missouri Soybean Association
    • Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council
    • Missouri Cattlemen's Association
    • MFA
    • Missouri Pork Association
    • Missouri Agribusiness Association
    • National Wild Turkey Federation
    • Quality Deer Management Association
    • Quail Forever
    • Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation
    • Missouri Rural Water Association
    • Kansas City Agribusiness Club
    • Saint Louis Agribusiness Club
    • Missouri Farmers Care
    • Missouri Department of Natural Resources
    • Missouri Department of Agriculture
    • Conservation Federation of Missouri Charitable Trust
    • AgriServices of Brunswick
    • Missouri Forest Products Association
    • Honey Creek Media
    • Association of Missouri Electrical Cooperatives (AMEC)
    • LAD Foundation
    • USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services
    • Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
    • USDA Forest Service, Mark Twain National Forest
    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    • United States Fish and Wildlife Service
    • Ozark National Scenic Riverways (OSNR/NPS)
    • Fort Leonard Wood
    Other attributing factors in the success of the feral hog elimination effort include MDC’s “Report, don’t shoot” message to encourage trapping, prohibiting the take of feral hogs on conservation areas, and a strong public awareness campaign.

    “Landowners and the public are a crucial element of this effort, especially since most land in Missouri is privately owned,” McLain said. “We must continue to educate on the dangers of feral hogs and engage landowners in elimination efforts.”

    McLain said landowners are responding to an increased public education campaign, centered on the knowledge that hunting feral hogs is not an effective way to eliminate them. He said more landowners are starting to understand, and are seeing, that hunting feral hogs pushes them onto neighboring property, which causes problems for their neighbors. When neighboring landowners try to control feral hogs through hunting, the hogs simply travel back and forth between the properties, escape and cause more damage. Trapping with no hunting interference is the best method to eliminate them.

    “They’re [landowners] reporting feral hog signs and coming to us for help, which is exactly what we hoped would happen,” he said. “We help by providing technical advice, on-site visits, loaning equipment and training of the trapping and removal process.”

    Feral hogs are not wildlife and are a serious threat to fish, forests and wildlife as well as agricultural resources. Economic loss estimates from 10 years ago in the U.S. were at greater than $1.5 billion in damage from feral hogs per year. Since there are more hogs today, this total is likely higher now. Feral hogs damage property, agriculture, and natural resources by their aggressive rooting of soil in addition to their trampling and consumption of crops as part of their daily search for food.

    Feral hogs have expanded their range in the U.S. from 17 to 38 states over the past 30 years. Their populations grow rapidly because feral hogs can breed any time of year and produce two litters of one to seven piglets every 12 to 15 months. Feral hogs are also known to carry diseases such as swine brucellosis, pseudorabies, trichinosis and leptospirosis, which are a threat to Missouri agriculture and human health.

    To report feral hog sightings or damage, go online to

    MDC feral hog strike team has tallied up feral hog elimination numbers for 2017. The year yielded a total of 6,567 feral hogs removed by MDC, partner agencies and private landowners.
  2. henry

    henry Fan Boy aka Mr Twisty and

    I hope they keep increasing the talley .
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  3. oneshot 1

    oneshot 1 Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    What else are they going to say?


    :D the big Grin is heck of Hog Dog.
  4. 20'

    20' Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2017
    Kill them all! Equally important keep fining those who release them. Cmhooevthe fines are hefty, but can't imagine they are with the slaps on the wrists poachers get.

    I hope to never see one where I hunt in missouri
  5. BBS

    BBS New Member

    May 29, 2017
    I remember a couple weeks ago that Mo hired another "Professional" hunter to help rid Mo of hogs.
    That sounds to me like they are needing some help in getting rid of these hogs.
    They say they got rid of 6,500 of them in 2017, I like to hear that.
    But not trusting government run organizations I wonder if this is really correct.
    Or are they "Padding the books" to justify hiring another hunter or justify the expenditure of resources.
    If they are getting these kind of numbers then I wonder why other states aren't.
    I'm all for getting rid of them, but I'd like to see some real proof.
    My neighbor belongs to the farm bureau here in Crawford Co and tells me that farmers south of us are having a real hard time with these hogs.
    That would be Reynolds & Iron Co.
    I understand why the "No hunting on state property" is to keep idiots from bring pigs into the state and releasing them.
    But I believe hogs will wise up to the traps, if they haven't already, and just avoid them, then what will the state do, hire more professional hunters when we could do the job at no cost.
  6. henry

    henry Fan Boy aka Mr Twisty and

    Have your neighbor ask the farm bureau. They are one of the organizations partnering with the Mdc to add trappers and trapping equipment .
  7. coyotehunter

    coyotehunter PURE KILLER

    Jan 19, 2005
    killem all. seems they keep a pretty good numbers on kills on that stuff how come no numbers like that in containment cwd zones ?
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  8. Beards-n-Spurs

    Beards-n-Spurs Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2005
  9. Hawk

    Hawk Well-Known Member Sponsor

    Oct 15, 2009
    Sounds like they arent even getting enough to hold the population steady.
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  10. PHhunter

    PHhunter MOD-ER-ATOR

    Jan 22, 2007
    Could have killed a few more if they would have let @oneshot 1 hunt them.
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  11. MOGC

    MOGC Well-Known Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    SE Ozark's
    MDC isn't keeping their head above water on this one. Despite their best efforts hog populations are expanding. The areas I hunt in Iron County have been full of hogs for 15 years or more. And there's as much or more sign today than there ever has been despite the best efforts of the MDC. The areas I hunt in Reynolds County never had hogs - until now. The last two years we have been seeing sign and this year both my son and I have jumped hogs in several places. The range of the hogs is expanding despite all. Given an opportunity I'll not hesitate to kill every dammed one of them I can. The MDC can continue their efforts, and I'll quietly pitch in when possible.
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