The refuge will be closed for only one day; however, due to numerous circumstances (weather conditions, etc.) the actual date has not yet been determined. If you are planning to visit Mingo National Wildlife Refuge between March 18 and March 29, 2013, please check the website: www.fws.gov/refuge/mingo or the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MingoNWR for updates on this activity. You can also call the refuge office at 573-222-3589 to get an update on the date of the one-day closure.
Refuge management hopes this operation will substantially decrease the feral hog population on the refuge. Feral hogs are an extremely aggressive, non-native species that can proliferate quickly and negatively impact the native plants and animals of the refuge. Feral hogs are opportunistic feeders and will forage on the eggs of ground nesting birds and will even eat reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals. They also out-compete native species like deer and turkey for important food sources such as acorns. Their rooting and wallowing behavior heavily alters the native habitats of the refuge, thus impacting the refuge's primary missions of protecting bottomland hardwood forest habitat and serving as an inviolate sanctuary for migratory waterfowl.
Mingo National Wildlife Refuge will continue to work with the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Feral Hog Task Force to implement feral hog control on the refuge. Hunters afield for legal game species on the refuge, in accordance with refuge hunting regulations and seasons, are permitted to shoot feral hogs. However, hunting specifically for feral hogs is not allowed on Mingo because hunters' activities may interfere with refuge eradication efforts.
Mingo National Wildlife Refuge is located one mile north of Puxico, Mo., on State Highway 51. For more information contact 573-222-3589 or visit the website at: www.fws.gov/refuge/min-go/ or at facebook.com/
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