Workshop helps landowners control feral hogs

By Peter Kent

Feral hogSouth Carolina is home to the nation's sixth largest population of wild hogs, with estimates ranging from 275,000 to 300,000 hogs throughout all 46 counties. They destroy wildlife habitats by rooting and wallowing, and can transmit diseases to livestock and humans.

To help control the growing population, wildlife ecologist Greg Yarrow is on a statewide task force. In June he will lead a workshop for Southeastern landowners, land managers and natural resources professionals at the Sandhill Research and Education Center in Columbia.

“Controlling feral hogs is a real challenge,” said Yarrow. “It is time-consuming, expensive and frustrating.”

The workshop will bring wildlife experts from across the region to share information on the most effective control techniques to reduce feral hog populations and associated problems.

For information: Greg Yarrow, 864-656-7370,