Rural Lifestyle

USDA program removes 615 feral hogs from Arkansas WMAs and private land

Last week, crews from the Arkansas and Tennessee/Kentucky U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services, in cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Missouri Department of Conservation, removed 615 feral hogs on both public and private land in northeast and southeast Arkansas. Feral hogs were removed from Trusten Holder, Seven Devils, Cut-off Creek, Choctaw Island and Big Lake wildlife management areas and adjoining private lands.


Aerial operations were held Feb. 26-27 and March 1-2. For short periods, the WMAs were closed for public safety during the flights.


The aerial operation was the result of planning and coordination of multiple partners, condensed into four days. The AGFC, MDC and USDA APHIS wants to thank the public for their patience and understanding while these activities were underway and apologizes for any inconvenience related to the operation.


Hog removal by area:


Feb. 26 Big Lake WMA 57

Southeast Ark. Private Land 118



Feb. 27 Trusten Holder WMA 37

Southeast Ark. Private Land 39



March 1 Cut-Off Creek WMA 192

Southeast Ark. Private Land 16



March 2 Cut-Off Creek WMA 34

Choctaw Island WMA 87

Big Lake WMA 21

Southeast Ark. Private Land 14




Total feral hogs eradicated: 615



Source: Arkansas Agriculture Department


Terry Simmons