Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Seong Yun

Committee Member

Kalyn Coatney

Committee Member

Charles Sims

Committee Member

Bronson Strickland

Date of Degree

8-6-2021

Original embargo terms

Visible to MSU only for 1 year

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only

Major

Agricultural Economics

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department

Department of Agricultural Economics

Abstract

Wild hogs (sus scrofa) have caused major damage to agricultural crops in the US due to their lack of natural predators and fast reproduction rates. Wild hogs change their behavior to evade capture. Thus, control methods are thwarted and may not result in sufficient mortality to keep pace with the reproduction of wild hogs. This study extends previous invasive species literature to include increasing costs due to adaptability in two settings: the presence of hogs is deterministic or stochastic. The analysis is limited to one farmer's objective function with varying degrees of adaptability for "smartness". The findings concluded the population and harvest of wild hogs does change when there is a higher level of adaptability to control methods or, "smartness". The net benefit of the farmer decreases as adaptability and the probability of hogs' present increase for deterministic and stochastic case, respectively.

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