[Nameplate] Overcast ~ 66°F  
High: 79°F ~ Low: 64°F
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mingo closed for feral hog control

Friday, March 15, 2013

(Photo)
DEPT. of CONSERVATION photo - Feral hogs have become a serious problem in southeast Missouri over the past several years. In an effort to get them under control, Mingo National Wildlife Refuge will be temporarily closed.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will be conducting a one-day aerial operation to control feral hogs on Mingo National Wildlife Refuge sometime between March 18 and March 29, 2013. This management action will involve a helicopter flying over the refuge with MDC personnel targeting and shooting feral hogs. For public safety, the entire refuge will be closed to public entry on this day, with all roads entering the refuge gated off. This closure includes all access to the refuge by foot, bicycle or horseback.

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/

MingoNWR.

For more information on the Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visit http://midwest.fws.gov.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is to work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. It is both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on its work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.


Fact Check
See inaccurate information in this story?


Comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on dailystatesman.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

I was doing fine until I got to this paragraph that makes no sense.

"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."

Do they mean they don't want hunters to go out to specifically hunt for feral hogs...because then, the "state" would not be able to kill as many during their erdaication program/s.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Fri, Mar 15, 2013, at 7:16 PM

I am a rural Missouri teacher, and I work with an eighth grade student who responded to this story as part of a Current Events class. While we were discussing the story, he was thinking about all of the bacon, ham, and pork chops that could be had if the exterminated feral hogs could be used for food. He suggested that if there were no diseases present in the hogs, a BBQ featuring these troublesome animals might be a successful fund raiser for the cause. What is currently the plan for the hogs that are killed? Could this BBQ idea be an option in this or future feral hog control efforts?

-- Posted by Ms. Schneider on Mon, Mar 18, 2013, at 7:06 PM


Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration. If you already have an account on this site, enter your username and password below. Otherwise, click here to register.

Username:

Password:  (Forgot your password?)

Your comments:
Please be respectful of others and try to stay on topic.