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2007 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Hog Monitoring
Region: 4
Station: Dahomey NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Becky Rosamond, 662-226-8286
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Staff and volunteers will establish a hog monitoring program using trail cameras to evaluate the effectiveness of control measures (hunting and trapping). This will be an on-going project.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  wild pig Sus scrofa
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers installed cameras in location throughout the refuge and have begun collecting data. Participants compared hog detectability using baited sites, sites along established game trails, and sites placed along a random transect. Locations of all sites were marked using a handheld GPS unit and mapped using ArcGIS.
Total Number of Volunteers: 12
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 60
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
This work utilized an existing partnership between USFWS and Wildlife classes at Delta State University. Students gain hands-on experience with wildlife survey techniques and the USFWS gains information regarding the hog population at Dahomey NWR.


Project Results:
Give an overview of the results of the project. Include quantifiable measure of success, such as maps produced, efficacy of control measures, number of sites where invasions were detected early and responded to, number of community contacts, etc. (Up to 250 words).
Through this project, we were able to test several approaches to monitoring hog populations through the use of trail cameras. By far, the technique with the highest detection rate was to use bait. Even on sites with little to no hog sign initially, hogs were detected when bait was used as an attractant. Randomly placed cameras, without bait, had very low detection rates. Additionally, the cameras allow staff and volunteers to estimate the size of individual hog herds and get a estimate of reproduction. The refuge intends to continue using trail cameras to monitor the hog population on Dahomey NWR. This will be used in conjunction with an intensification of control measures through the development of several new partnerships. These monitoring techniques will allow refuge staff to better measure the impacts of these new control measures.
Number of Acres Treated: n/a
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: n/a
Number of Acres Restored: n/a


Budget: Account for funds in broad categories such as equipment, volunteer stipends, travel, coordinator salary/contract, etc.

Total Grant Amount:

$ 12,100

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $12,100 100%
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL 12,100 100%

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?


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