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USDA announces funding to control feral swine in Arkansas

Nov. 26, 2019

LITTLE ROCK — On November 21, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it is awarding $3.4 million to fund projects to control feral swine in Arkansas.

Thefts of feral hog trapping equipment may lead to trouble at Fort Chaffee WMA

Oct. 30, 2019

FT. SMITH — Many hunters have walked out of the woods angry after discovering the theft of a game camera set on their land. A current camera theft problem on Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center may have much further-reaching implications than hard feelings, however. The Army National Guard Installation and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are asking for any help the public can offer in locating game cameras intended to help remove feral hogs on the property.

Governor signs legislation to boost feral hog control

April 22, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas’s growing battle with the overpopulating feral hog received a boost April 19 at the state Capitol when Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed Senate Bill 460 into law as Act 991 of the Arkansas General Assembly in front of members of the Arkansas Feral Hog Eradication Task Force.
 

Portions of WMAs may be closed later this week

March 18, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – Weather permitting, portions of Freddie Black Choctaw Island Wildlife Management Area may be closed to daytime public access on March 21-22. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services, in cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will be conducting aerial operations aimed at reducing feral hog populations on the WMA.

Weather stalls feral pig aerial eradication effort

Feb. 27, 2019

ARKANSAS POST — Despite horrible flying conditions that kept the crew grounded most of the week, aerial operations over southeast Arkansas managed to remove 121 feral pigs from public and private land in Arkansas and Drew counties from Feb. 10 through Feb. 16.
 

Portions of WMAs may be closed next week

Feb. 6, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – Weather permitting, portions of Trusten Holder, Seven Devils, Cut-off Creek, Freddie Black Choctaw Island and St. Francis Sunken Lands Wildlife Management Areas may be closed to daytime public access next week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services, in cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will be conducting aerial operations aimed at reducing feral hog populations on the WMAs.

New farm bill funds conservation opportunities on private land in Arkansas

Feb. 6, 2019

LITTLE ROCK — The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law on Dec. 20, offers renewed hope for conservation-minded landowners who are looking for ways to benefit wildlife habitat on their property without drastically losing production revenue from farming or other agricultural land uses. While much of the bill supports subsidies and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, roughly $5 billion has been earmarked for conservation funding in the next five years.