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The Extent and Impact of Wild Pig Damage to Landowners in Southwest Georgia, USA

  • Author(s): Mengak, Michael T.
  • et al.
Abstract

USDA APHIS Wildlife Services-Georgia formed a feral hog working group in June 2011, setting a goal of assessing pig damage through a mail survey. I developed, administered, and analyzed responses to a 6-page questionnaire using questions from surveys administered in other southern states and with input from the Georgia Feral Hog Working Group. I conducted the survey in January-March 2012 collecting data for the 2011 crop year. Based on survey results, free ranging wild pigs caused an estimated $84 million in damage to crops and non-crop resources in the Southwest Cooperative Extension District in Georgia (USA). The Southwest Extension District of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension Service includes 41 counties with headquarters in Tifton, GA. Landowners in this district casually report pig damage to county Extension personnel and USDA APHIS WS.

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