The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute Wild Pig Outreach Program

Wild pigs (Sus scrofa) are found in nearly all Texas counties, and there are currently more wild pigs estimated in Texas than in any other U.S. state.  Because the vast majority (>95%) of Texas lands are privately owned, the responsibility of wild pig control falls primarily on private landowners.  Outreach efforts and resources to relay science-based information related to wild pig biology and management remain important components of fostering private lands stewardship.  The resources provided here are intended to increase the understanding of wild pig biology, natural history, damage management, and control techniques.  The Texas A&M Natural Resource Institute’s (NRI) wild pig outreach program emphasizes best management practices, providing landowners with the outreach, technical assistance and resources needed to effectively abate the damages associated with wild pigs.

This wesbite was developed by the Enhancing Feral Hog Management Project, with funding support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through a Clean Water Act §319(h) Nonpoint Source grant administered by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. 

Our Team

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Jim Cathey
(979) 458-2565

Dr. Jim Cathey is an associate director for the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute. Jim is a regional and national expert in wildlife management, Extension outreach and programming, feral hog management and conservation biology.

Team Member
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Josh Helcel
(512) 554-3785

Josh Helcel is an Extension associate with the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute (NRI). He specializes in educational programming and providing technical assistance to landowners and others seeking to control expanding populations of wild pigs.