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Expert speaking on impact of wild pigs

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Justin Foster, Research coordinator at TPWD’s Kerr Wildlife Management Area, will discuss how and why the wild pig will continue to damage nature and what is needed and available to master and reduce its impact.

His presentation, “Wild Pigs: Masterful Invaders of Our Nature,” will be open to the pubic at the next meeting of the Texas Master Naturalist Hill Country chapter on Monday, July 25.

The free event can be attended in person or virtually, with pre-registration required for the latter.

For the in-person attendees, doors open at 6 p.m. at the Upper Guadalupe River Authority in Kerrville, located at 124 Lehmann Drive, Suite 100.

A short meeting commences at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation and training session taking place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Virtual pre-registration can be done at us02web. zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvc-CsrjgpEtznjsTPvgKHlbEnNz0Wf_GF.

A confirmational email with information about joining the meeting will be sent following sign up.

Foster has served as Research Coordinator at TPWD’s Kerr Wildlife Management Area since 2008. Much of his professional effort has gone to investigating the use of toxicants and delivery systems for wild pig control.

He obtained a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Management at Eastern New Mexico University. He obtained his M.S. in Range and Wildlife Management at Sul Ross State University.

Justin has served State and Native American governments and private landowners during his 24-year career. Justin is the proud father of Paige and Iric and blessed to be married to Stacie.

In work and play, his passions are hunting and managing bighorn sheep and wild pigs. It is the wild pig which has taken Justin overseas and blessed him with an international network of friends and colleagues.

The Texas Master Naturalist Hill Country Chapter is one of 48 regional Texas Master Naturalist volunteer corps.

The chapter includes 10 counties: Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Menard, Real and San Saba. Members receive comprehensive training in natural resource management specific to the Texas Hill Country and volunteer in a wide variety of community projects.

More information is available at txmn.org/hillcountry.