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Feral Hogs Topic for Fredericksburg Nature Center
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 • Posted January 6, 2010

Matt Reidy, Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist, will speak on "Feral Pigs – Where Have We Been and Where Are We Headed" on January 12 at the Gillespie County Historical Society Building, 312 West San Antonio Street in Fredericksburg beginning at 7:00PM. The presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center as part of their monthly Nature Series programs held during the school year.

Reidy graduated from Texas A&M University in wildlife ecology and management in 2004 and also holds a master’s degree from the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University at Kingsville. His master’s thesis was entitled "Electric Fencing and Population Estimation of Feral Pigs in Texas." He joined Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 2004 and is based in Lytle. He is a frequent speaker around the state on feral hogs and other topics.

Feral pigs are considered an invasive species and are found throughout Texas and the United States. They are very destructive of wildlife habitat, rangelands and crops and also create erosion problems. Feral pigs compete with other wildlife for food and territory and can be predators to birds and mammals. Feral pigs can also transmit diseases among wildlife and domestic livestock populations. Reidy will present facts and statistics on the depth of this problem to our state.

Please note the change in location of this Nature Series program. The free program is open to the public. For more information on this program or the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center, please call Jane Crone at 830-990-9823.

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