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Wednesday, November 4 • 10:20am - 10:40am
Feral Swine Damage Management vs. Population Control (Measuring Performance)

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Rod Pinkston, JAGER PRO

According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Wildlife Services (WS), the definition of Integrated Wildlife Damage Management (IWDM) is “the integration and application of all approved methods of prevention and management to reduce wildlife damage. The IWDM approach may incorporate cultural practices, habitat modification, animal behavior management, local population reduction or a combination of these approaches.” This definition implies the national focus is to reduce the damage caused by feral swine; not necessarily reduce their population. Feral pigs should not be considered as wildlife under the IWDM definition. They are an invasive species which threaten human health and safety, agriculture, natural resources, property and are a vector of diseases for humans, domestic animals and wildlife. There is no justification to incorporate cultural practices, modify habitat or manage the behavior of an invasive species. Lethal population control is the only credible option for feral swine. The JAGER PRO definition of Integrated Wild Pig Control (IWPC) is “a strategic approach using a series of innovative lethal control methods and technologies implemented in a specific sequence based on seasonal food sources. Emphasis is placed on efficient removal of the entire sounder at one time to eliminate escapes, method education and reproduction. The control strategies continually change throughout the various seasons to effectively target adaptive survivors.” This presentation will apply the elimination of 672 feral pigs within the 4,816 acre target area of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s 319(h) grant project to demonstrate the benefits of measuring performance to make strategic decisions and optimize mission success.

Wednesday November 4, 2015 10:20am - 10:40am EST
Ballroom Salon A

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