The Fifth Ark-La-Miss Wildlife Management Symposium focusing on feral hog populations will be held, Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Louisiana Tech Student Center.

The symposium, titled “Wild Pigs, Threats, Control and Hunting,” is sponsored by the Ark-La-Miss Wildlife Group.

Foremost wildlife experts and biologists from universities and conservation groups will lead discussions on the expanding population of feral hogs throughout the southeastern United States. Topics will cover: basic biology of the animal, history and competition of feral hogs with other wildlife, how the hogs pollute and affect stream fauna and techniques for controlling feral hogs including displays of trap designs.

Participants in this all-day program can receive continuing education credits. The pre-registration fee is $25 which includes lunch, refreshments and door/raffle prizes. The fee is $40 after Feb. 12.

To attend, send name, address, telephone number, e-mail and check made out to Ark-La-Miss Wildlife Group to Dr. James G. Dickson, School of Forestry, P.O. Box 10138, Louisiana Tech, Ruston, La. 71272. For more information, contact Dickson at (318) 257-4985 or

The Ark-La-Miss Wildlife Group is composed of experts and scientists from the following organizations: Louisiana Tech School of Forestry, Louisiana State University Agriculture Center, University of Louisiana-Monroe biology department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Written by Reginald Owens