Winning the War Against Feral Hogs With Alan Leary of Missouri

January 25, 2023 By: Brian Grossman

For decades feral hogs have been expanding their range, creating ecological havoc wherever they show up. Efforts to reduce or eradicate them from the landscape have been largely unsuccessful. However, there is one state that seems to be having some success in the war against feral hogs — Missouri. In this episode, we’re talking with Alan Leary, the Wildlife Management Coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation who heads the state’s efforts to eradicate feral hogs. Alan discusses where feral hogs came from, how they’ve spread, and what he’s found that works and doesn’t work to reduce their numbers. 

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About Brian Grossman:

Brian Grossman joined the NDA staff in August, 2015 as its Communications Manager. Brian is responsible for amplifying NDA’s educational message for hunters through social media, e-mail, the NDA website, and Quality Whitetails magazine. He has been a freelance writer, photographer, videographer and web designer since 2003. A trained wildlife biologist, Brian founded the Poor Boys Outdoors and Working Class Hunter web shows and associated media during his free time while working full time as a wildlife manager. He came to NDA from the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division, where he was a field operations supervisor, overseeing management of 15 Wildlife Management Areas. Brian currently lives in Thomaston, Georgia with his wife, Tina, and his two children, Dakota and Brooke.