Feral hogs are an invasive species, brought here illegally and have no benefit for Missouri wildlife or the landscape. The Corps, MDC, USDA APHIS, and the USFS have been working together to formulate a plan to eliminate the Feral Hog Population. If left unchecked feral hogs will cause widespread damage to Missouri wildlife, agriculture, and natural resources. Feral hogs cause damage to forested areas in several ways. Acorns, beechnut and other hard masts are a favorite food for these opportunistic consumers; by eating these seeds few are available for regeneration purposes . Feral hogs also use saplings and even mature trees of both pines and hardwoods as scratching and scent marking posts. The intense rubbing can damage bark layers, leaving the tree susceptible to harmful insects and pathogens. Their rooting and wallowing are destructive to sensitive natural areas such as glades, fens and springs. The rooting and feeding behavior of feral hogs also contributes to soil erosion and reduces water quality. The improved forest health and open corridors created through the timber program will aid the Corps and its partner’s efforts by better detection and easier trapping opportunities. Hog hunting is not allowed on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wappapello Lake.