Commissioner Sid Miller Announces Rule Change to Allow Limited Use of Feral Hog Toxicant in Texas
On February 21, 2017 Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced a rule change in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) that classifies a warfarin-based hog lure as a state-limited-use pesticide. The pesticide, “Kaput Feral Hog Lure,” is the first toxicant to be listed specifically for use in controlling the feral hog population and represents a new weapon in the long-standing war on the destructive feral hog population.
Commissioner Miller express that a solution for wild hog population is long overdue, and that hogs have caused extensive damage to Texas land resulting in loss of income for many years. The hope with this rule change is that a Hog Apocalypse is on the horizon.
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service supports this rule change using Warfain, an anticoagulant, which was used in Australia as a feral swine toxicant.
“By making this a limited use pesticide, we are taking every step possible to ensure this toxicant is used properly and efficiently,” Commissioner Miller said. “Years of work and study have gone into addressing the concerns of hunters and others about this product.”
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Services estimate that there are currently over 2 million feral hogs in Texas found throughout the state, that cause an estimated $52 million in damage to agriculture.
From seed, labor, crop growth, to even knocking down fences and damaging equipment hogs can be extremely destructive. In addition to physical damage they also carry viruses, parasites, and bacteria harmful to humans.
Commissioner Sid Miller informed legislature that the $900,000 previously used for feral hog control will no longer be needed due to this change, and asked that it be removed from the TDA budget.
Source: Texas Department of Agriculture