WMAs closed for hog erad­i­ca­tion

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ARKANSAS OUTDOORS -

Depend­ing on weather, por­tions of Trusten Holder, Seven Devils, Cut-off Creek, Fred­die Black Choctaw Is­land and St. Fran­cis Sunken Lands Wildlife Man­age­ment Ar­eas might be closed to day­time pub­lic to­day through Satur­day.

The U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture’s An­i­mal and Plant Health In­spec­tion Ser­vice Wildlife Ser­vices, in co­op­er­a­tion with the Arkansas Game and Fish Com­mis­sion, will con­duct aerial op­er­a­tions to re­duce feral hog pop­u­la­tions on the WMAs.

Aerial op­er­a­tions are sched­uled to be­gin to­day and con­tinue through Satur­day. To en­sure safety for the pub­lic and to com­ply with USDA reg­u­la­tions, ac­cess will not be al­lowed dur­ing on­go­ing op­er­a­tions.

The op­er­a­tions will de­pend on weather and site spe­cific con­di­tions. The date range will al­low some flex­i­bil­ity to cover large con­tigu­ous tracts of habi­tat. When ac­cess to the WMAs is re­stricted, AGFC and part­ner­ing agency staff will be on-site to main­tain road and ac­cess clo­sures.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, con­tact AGFC Statewide Feral Hog Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tor J.P. Fair­head at (870) 253-3721 or the AGFC Wildlife Man­age­ment Di­vi­sion at (501) 223-6359.

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