Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hunters helping reduce feral swine problem on Black Warrior WMA

Black Warrior Wildlife Management Area Wildlife Biologist and Area Manager Barry Baird estimates that deer hunters harvested 74 feral swine during the 2010/2011 deer season. Hunters are encouraged to harvest feral swine when any legal opportunity arises.

Feral swine are non-native nuisance animals that compete with native wildlife for habitat. Feral swine cause extensive damage to property and crops by rooting and wallowing. They are a growing problem on the Black Warrior Wildlife Management Area and Bankhead National Forest.

Even though deer hunting season has come to an end, there are still opportunities to take feral swine. On Black Warrior Wildlife Management Area, feral swine may be harvested through squirrel season which ends on February 28 using shotguns with No. 4 shot or smaller or .22 caliber or smaller rimfire firearms. On Bankhead National Forest there is no closed season on feral swine.

Hunters interested in feral swine can stop by the Black Warrior WMA headquarters or contact the Bankhead National Forest District Office at 205.489.5111.

1 comment:

Allison C. said...

Recent sightings of feral swine have been along Flannigan and Borden Creek and in the vicinity of the Mountain Springs Church.