Mississippi State University
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Master of Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Agricultural Economics
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.
Barkley, Katherine, "Optimal control of adaptive wild hogs" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 5226.