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Wild Pigs and Pecans Research Study Update

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The Noble Research Institute and Oklahoma State University are partnering to learn more about wild pig (also known as feral hogs, feral swine or wild boar) ecology and behavior, especially in agricultural landscapes and pecan orchards. Global positioning system (GPS) collars and geographic information systems (GIS) will be used to develop risk maps that identify the likelihood of wild pigs using agricultural crops and pecan orchards. From these risk maps, areas can be prioritized for management intervention to reduce depredation and damage or to control wild pig populations. The data can also be used to guide pecan nut and crop harvesting to minimize contamination by foodborne pathogens such as salmonella and E. coli. Findings from this study will be reported in future issues of Ag News and Views.