Larry Jarma on the frontlines in fight against feral hogs
Fighting the war on feral hogs, future Meatgistics Podcast guest Larry Jarma designs and builds custom traps for farmers fighting the infestation. A resident of Texas, he is part of the effort to control feral hog populations.
According to Texas Parks & Wildlife, wild hogs have exploded in population. The increase in the population of feral hogs in the United States increased from 2.4 million in 1982 to 6.9 million in 2016. Texas alone is estimated to be the home for 2.6 million wild hogs.
“I have been fighting the feral hog battle all my life,” Jarma said. “That’s why I designed and used to build custom traps for my ranchers at an affordable price they could afford just so they could try and help alleviate the problem!!!”
The traps he builds are integrated with smartphone technology so farmers and ranchers can monitor their property from the comfort of their homes. In feral hog circles, Jarma’s name speaks for itself.
“I am one of the foremost trappers of feral hogs around,” he said. “I custom build high-end sophisticated smartphone traps so farmers and ranchers can trap hogs while watching their flat screen in their living room!!!”
Texas Parks & Wildlife estimates that the cost to take control measures of feral hogs in the United States is $2.1 billion annually. The population growth of feral pigs is estimated at 18 to 21 percent annually.
Jarma’s corral traps are considered to be the most effective trapping method for feral hog population control. Using camera technology, like the traps Jarma designs, greatly increases the efficiency and lowers the cost of using corral traps and feral hog population control.
All photos courtesy of Larry Jarma
Map image courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife