Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Ends Successful Feral Hog Hunt

The last day for the closures at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge for their annual feral hog hunt was Friday.

Several areas of the refuge were closed off to the public over the past several days so hunters could track down the wild hogs.

The pigs disturb the habitat and pose a threat to the wildlife refuge's native wildlife.

For Wildlife Biologist Dan McDonald, helping preserve the refuge's native species is more than just a job.

"I enjoy being outdoors and working with wildlife its more of a passion than a job," he says.

In 2015, officials began using helicopters for aerial gunning which is more effective than trapping and shooting.

"To this point, we've removed 120 hogs from the refuge. It's more than what we expected. We'll see what today holds and hopefully, we can get a few more. Ultimately, as we go we'd like to remove hogs completely from the refuge."

Even after the three days of hunting, he estimates there are still 300 to 400 hogs left on the refuge.

By the time the choppers go up again next year that number will likely grow again.

They want to try and keep the hogs in check because they can be a real threat to all the other animals in the refuge.


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