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Oklahoma Kay County Feral Swine Control Pilot Project

Points of Contact

Steve Glasgow, SRC
USDA-NRCS
100 USDA, Ste. 206
Stillwater, Ok 74074
405-742-1235

Scott Alls
USDA-APHIS WS Oklahoma
2800 N Lincoln Blvd
OKC, OK 73105
405-521-4039

Project Area

Kay County in north central Oklahoma represents a priority area for reducing damage to agriculture  and mitigating agricultural impacts to water quality. The watershed is located along the Arkansas River and adjacent to Kaw Lake. Feral swine are a significant agricultural pest in these counties and remain a risk for water quality.

The project area is 954 square miles (604,800 acres). The vast majority is private land with (16,254 acres) US Army Corps of Engineers’ land associated with Kaw Lake WMA. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) manages Kaw Lake WMA and has collaborated with feral swine control for several years and has agreed to stop recreational hunting of feral swine in WMA’s located within pilot project areas. Kaw Lake itself encompasses 17,040 acres. Crop land represents 57.3% of the project area with wheat, corn, soybeans, grain sorghum, and hay crops predominating. Range and pasture represent 26.3% of the landscape in the county.

Oklahoma Kay County Feral Swine Control Pilot Project map

 

 

Hiring of Trapping Technicians

NRCS funds are available for partners to hire technicians to assist with feral swine trapping efforts under the supervision of APHIS.

  • 1 part time Partner Trapping Technician
    • Trapping activities, under the oversight of APHIS
    • Deliver, setup, monitoring, and maintenance of traps
    • Funded for the life of the project

Estimated Equipment Needed

NRCS funds may be used for the equipment necessary for the pilot project. Further questions about the equipment needed, the amount, and use of the equipment should be directed to the point of contract for the project. It is expected that the following equipment will be crucial for the implementation of the project within the pilot area:

  • Traps
    • 10 Smart Traps
    • To be used by partner trapping technicians or trained landowners
    • Could remain in the control of partner for landowner or organization use after the life of the project
  • Baiting for Traps
  • Cameras equipped with cellular data transmission
  • Cell service to monitor traps
  • Timed feeder for pre-baiting
  • External camera to monitor activity outside of trap
  • Drones
  • Vehicles which may include ATV/UTV

Monitoring/Evaluation Requirements of Partner

Due to the new nature of the pilot program, it will be crucial to collect, monitor, and evaluate data regarding feral swine populations, agricultural damage, and environmental concerns. For this project, partners are expected to:

  • Work with APHIS and NRCS to establish baseline for damage assessments and trapping plans
  • Provide assessments of damages during and following project timeframe
  • Continue damage assessment for one full year following the completion of the removal phase of the project

Anticipated Partnerships within the Project

It is important that the partner be able to work with the below entities, as well as state and local governments that work in the pilot areas.

  • Conservation Districts – outreach, education, tapping services, local coordination
  • Extension – outreach and education; assessments
  • Noble Research Institute (if applicable) – Education; technical training
  • Oklahoma Conservation Commission – water quality monitoring (if applicable)

Outreach/Education Expectations

Education and outreach will be essential aspects of the project to ensure landowners are educated on the need for removing feral swine, approved techniques, and methods for controlling feral swine populations. Partners are expected to assist with outreach and education activities in the following ways:

  • Community level outreach including workshops, web based outreach, press releases, and demonstration days (e.g. coordinating demonstration of feral swine damage restoration)
  • 1 workshop/county each year of the project

Additional Partner Requirements

  • 25% cost share for trapping services will be provided in the form of landowner provided labor for trapping efforts or partner provided labor in management of traps and baiting