New pesticide approved for use in feral pig population control

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A new pesticide is now available to farmers to help control feral hogs.

On August 5, the oral contraceptive formulation HogStop was registered with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

HogStop claims to decrease fertility in male feral pigs within five days of consumption and maintained for at least 30 days after five feedings. HogStop is declared to be non-lethal bait and will not kill pigs or non-target animals upon consumption.

“We are excited to be able to offer HogStop as an option to our farmers and ranchers,” Secretary Blayne Arthur said. “This product provides a new way for Oklahomans to partner with our team as we work to protect farmland and eliminate the feral hog population in our state.”

HogStop should only be used in feeders for pigs that are a minimum of 17 lbs. total cover weight to limit interaction with non-target animals. Feeders should be checked every two to four days to monitor bait consumption and replenish as needed. For best results, bait should be available to pigs at all times.

HogStop may be harmful to humans if swallowed, and bait dust may cause eye or respiratory tract irritation. Gloves should be worn when handling the substance. Feral pigs affected by HogStop pose no additional health risk if eaten by humans.

HogStop can be purchased online at Hi-Pro Flow or wherever Hi-Pro streams are sold.

Producers needing additional assistance with feral hog herd management, contact the Wildlife Services Division by calling (405) 521-4039 or emailing [email protected] .gov.

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