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2009 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: Feral Hog Control on Central Louisiana Refuge Complex
Region: 4
Station: Central Louisiana Refuge Complex
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Bradley Bordelon 318-253-4238
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
The target species are feral hogs with the primary focus on reducing the population to a manageable level, which means that the population is at a level that will not have a significant negative impact; on native wildlife species or their habitats. Control efforts will rely on active refuge volunteers to provide labor hours to trap and shoot feral hogs over a 1-2 year period. Funding for this project will be used to purchase equipment, such as building materials to construct traps, firearms, silencers, thermal imaging and night optics, that are needed to reduce feral hog populations. A substantial reduction of feral hogs is anticipated within the first 6 months and recurring, persistent trapping by refuge staff and volunteers will provide the long-term control necessary to sustain feral populations below threshold levels.
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)
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
The Refuge volunteer was involved in constructing hog traps and assist the refuge with setting and checking traps on a daily schedule.
Total Number of Volunteers: 1
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 350
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Worked with Louisiana Department of Wildlife Fisheries State Vet and USDA Wildlife Services to collect blood samples from trapped hog to conduct disease testing.


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).
The Refuge was able to construct 8-10 new traps and trapped over 200 feral hogs on the Complex. Our Refuge volunteer has spent over 300 hours moving and setting hog traps in areas infested with feral hogs. Refuge was also able to purchase an atv for the refuge volunteer to move and check traps daily.
Number of Acres Treated: 24,000 Acres
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 24,000 Acres
Number of Acres Restored:


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $10,050.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $8,050 80 %
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
Other $2,000 20 %
TOTAL $10,050 100%

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program was very usful in meeting the Refuge objective to reduce feral hog populations on the Complex.


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