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August 4, 2010 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter


Hog problem? Trapping is most efficient, technician says
Sulphur River Wildlife Management Area in far southwest Arkansas, had a major problem with feral hogs a few years ago.
Trapping efforts led by Mike Harris, a wildlife technician with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, have accounted for hundreds of hogs and have brought the problem down to a controllable size.

Mobility impaired hunting applications due Aug. 15
The Army Corps of Engineers will take applications through Aug. 15 for the 2010 special deer and duck hunts that provide accessibility to mobility impaired hunters.
Applicants can apply for up to three different hunting locations throughout Arkansas.  The hunters will be selected via a random drawing in September.

Stimulus funds restore wildlife habitat at Wapanocca NWR
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is using stimulus funds to restore valuable wetlands and wildlife habitat in Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge near Turrell.
The FWS awarded a $660,000 contract to Ducks Unlimited for the project, which is underway, using funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, popularly known as stimulus funds.

It’s the season for young bears on the prowl
Like human teenagers, young bears have problems and can create problems. They roam around in late spring looking for a territory of their own. They want something to eat, and they are inexperienced about earning it. A young bear’s keen nose often leads him (most of the wanderers are males) to food near houses, and the troubles begin.

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