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Oklahoma Red River 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

The Red River Watershed in southwestern Oklahoma represents a priority area for reducing damage to agriculture and mitigating agricultural impacts to water quality. The watershed in located in southwest Oklahoma and is located along Cotton, Tillman, Jackson and Harmon counties. Feral swine are a significant agricultural pest in these counties and remain a risk for water quality. The pilot project area will be delineated by the four counties. Thereby assuring feral swine do not have easy access to repopulate the watershed. The project area map is attached.

The project area is 2864 square miles (1,832,960 acres). The vast majority is private land with (37,063 acres) Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) land associated with Sandy Sanders, Hackberry Flat and Gist Wildlife Management Areas (WMA’s). ODWC 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. Crop land represents 58% of the project area with wheat, corn, cotton, grain sorghum, peanuts and hay crops predominating. Range and pasture represent 42% of the landscape in the four counties.

This project area is located adjacent to project proposal submitted by Texas along the Red River. The goal would be for a coordinated multi-state project along the Red River.

Oklahoma Red River 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 full time Partner Trapping Technicians 
    • 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
    • 30 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:

  • Make initial site assessments of damage being caused
  • Conduct post project assessment of damage reduction and site rehabilitation
  • Collect information through interviews conducted with farmers to obtain information about extent and history of feral swine problems, current land use, damages, and damage reduction

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