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AI- 9635   3. H.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 07/11/2018  
Feral Hog Abatement Program Grant Award
Submitted By: Natalie Eckstrom, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

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RECOMMENDATION
Ratify the execution of an Interlocal Agreement by and between Nueces County and the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service for the 2018 Feral Hog grant.
BACKGROUND
Pursuant to the Texas Legislature, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wildlife Services (WS) program hereby requests applications for County Feral Hog Abatement Grants (Grant). The Grant program (“Program”) is designed to encourage counties across the State of Texas to make a concentrated and coordinated effort to reduce the feral hog population and the damage caused by these animals throughout the year. Successful applicants will receive grants to initiate or continue feral hog abatement activities in their county.
DISCUSSION
On March 29, 2018, Nueces County submitted an application for the 2018 Feral Hog grant program. Under this project, Nueces County will institute a trap loan out program to county landowners, with priority given to landowners within the Lower Nueces and Oso Creek Watersheds, followed by agricultural producer with the fields experiencing the most significant feral hog damage. The County Demonstration Assistant will train each landowner on proper use of the trapping system and baiting procedures. All captured feral hogs will be required to be harvested. The county trap loan program will use an M.I.N.E.TM Gate with control box. M.I.N.E. is an acronym for Manually Initiated Nuisance Elimination. This trapping system was developed during three years of research and designed to capture the entire sounder group at one time. Capture of the entire sounder is possible because the M.I.N.E. camera is a wireless digital camera capable of remotely triggering the M.I.N.E. gate using a cell phone after sending photos to an email or cell phone via a cellular network. Additional benefits of the camera’s remote control technology includes the following: allowing the users to send messages back to the camera, the ability to remotely check the battery charge and cellular signal strength, and remotely turn off the camera after the hogs are captured.

The grant award totals $16,324 and there is no cash match required. The grant period is retroactive to October 1, 2017 and ends on August 31, 2018.

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Feral Hog Interlocal

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