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Engeman, R., T. Hershberger, S. Orzell, R. Felix, G. Killian, J. Woolard, J. Cornman, D. Romano, C. Huddleston, P. Zimmerman, C. Barre, E. Tillman, M. Avery. 2014. Impacts from control operations on a recreationally hunted feral swine population at a large military installation in Florida. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. Online. doi 10.1007/s11356-014-2727-9.
Feral swine were targeted for control at Avon Park Air Force Range in south-central Florida to avert damage to sensitive wetland habitats on the 40,000-ha base.We conducted a 5-year study to assess impacts from control to this population that had been recreationally hunted formany years. Control was initiated in early 2009. The feral swine population was monitored from 2008 to 2012 using a passive tracking index (PTI) during the dry and wet seasons and using recreational hunter take rates from the dry season. All three indices showed substantial feral swine declines after implementing control, with indices leveling for the final two study years. Military missions and recreational hunting seasons impacted temporal and spatial consistency of control application, thereby limiting further impacts of control efforts on the feral swine population. The PTI was also able to monitor coyotes, another invasive species on the base, and detect Florida black bear and Florida panther, species of particular concern.