Wildlife biologists are desperately searching for ways to control the spiraling numbers of feral hogs. They are prolific breeders that have become a serious and pervasive threat to the Lone Star State.

But there is a growing market for feral hog meat that could help reduce their numbers. Hog stations across the state serve as holding pens for the hogs before they are sent to processing companies like Southern Wild Game.

James Bond operates a hog station just west of Snyder. He said, on a good week, 100 pigs move through his holding pens.

“We buy live hogs from all over the state of Texas,” Southern Wild Game plant manager Rusty Spannagel told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in a phone interview. “…I think it’s a way that we can take a product that is actually a problem for farmers and ranchers and make it into something that’s constructive instead of destructive.”….