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2009 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: Feral Hog Detection, Population Estimation and Management
Region: 4
Station: North Mississippi Refuges Complex
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Steve Gard (662)226-8286
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
The project will use coop farmers, volunteers and refuge staff to inventory feral hog activity on lands managed by the Complex. Once all tracts with hog activity are identified, an estimation of population will be done using sightings while traversing the lands and using cameras on bait sites. Traps will be purchased and managed at selective sights along with continued monitoring to see if trapping can be effective on small sights using volunteer labor.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Feral Hog Sus scrofa
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp     VA_SchoolGrp                            VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers assisted by monitoring cameras and bait sights and by building, baiting and setting traps.
Total Number of Volunteers: 15
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 150
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Friends of Dahomey NWR Inc. Delta State Wildlife Society Adjoining Landowners


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).
Surveys were completed on the Dahomey and Tallahatchie NWR totaling 13,890 acres. After monitoring several sites using game cameras and bait, nine sites were identified as having intense feral hog use. Traps were placed on these sites which included: 4 large corral traps and 7 cage traps. Throughout the course of the summer 55 hogs were caught and dispatched.
Number of Acres Treated: 6940
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 13890
Number of Acres Restored: 0


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $10,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $10,000 100%
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials

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


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