Laguna Atascosa to have Public Closures During Hog Research Project
Los Fresnos, TX - Some areas of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to public access during the period of September 1st through 4th, 2015. The refuge is cooperating with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Georgia on a cattle fever tick study on feral hogs. As part of the study, feral hogs will be harvested by use of sharpshooters in a helicopter.
The refuge manager has approved the removal of the hogs for the study because feral hogs are a non-native, invasive species that damage habitat, thus reducing food and cover for native wildlife. Hunter harvest of feral hogs has been relatively low the past few years and refuge staff have documented large amounts of damage to prairie habitat and even roads from an overabundance of feral hogs. In addition, the study will help determine whether feral hogs carry cattle fever ticks.
Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center:
Here, refuge staff and volunteers are available to provide you with maps, brochures and checklists and let you know what's happening on the refuge. This is also where the business of the refuge is conducted.
The refuge is open for public visitation seven days a week during daylight hours (sunrise to sunset). Visitor Center open days vary seasonally. Hours are from 8am to 4pm. It is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
October - April, the visitor center is open 7 days a week.
May - September the visitor center is open Thursday - Monday (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
Restroom facilities are available to the public seven days a week.
On closed days, or after visitor center hours, there is a self-pay kiosk with maps and information outside the visitor center entrance doors. Explore the Refuge:Seven days a week during daylight hours, you can enjoy Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge's many trails and auto-tour route. Enjoy wildlife-related activities, including wildlife watching, hiking, and wildlife photography.See our Visitor Activities page for more information on our tours and what you can do at the refuge.
Directions: -From Harlingen, go east on Farm to Market Road 106, 18 miles past Rio Hondo. Take a left at the T and drive three miles to the visitor center. -From South Padre Island, take Highway 100 out of Port Isabel and exit right on Farm Road 510 at Laguna Vista. Continue 5.4 miles to the Cameron County Airport road. Take a right and continue approximately 7 miles to the visitor center. -From Brownsville, go north on Paredes Line Road (1847) through Los Fresnos to Highway 106. Take a right and go approximately 10 miles to the T. Take a left and drive 3 miles to the visitor center.
Using a GPS: The lat/long for the visitor center is 26.229081, -97.347231. The physical address of the Visitor Center is 22688 Buena Vista Blvd., Los Fresnos, TX 78566.
Helpful Links: Harlingen Chamber of Commerce Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce
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