NANFA-- Native Fish and Feral Hogs - a request for information

Denkhaus, Robert (DenkhaR_at_Ci.Fort-Worth.TX.US)
Wed, 20 Dec 2000 10:39:26 -0600

The Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge has recently acknowledged a problem
with feral hogs on the Refuge. The staff has been compiling background
information on feral hog ecology, environmental problems caused
by/associated with feral hogs, and potential control methods in order to
present a comprehensive action plan to our governing body.

One of the environmental problems that has been mentioned in the literature
is increased sediment loads due to the hogs' habit of rooting and wallowing
along shorelines and in wetlands. While this is mentioned in the
literature, real documentation is not present. Does anyone know of any
references documenting increased sedimentation related to feral hog
activity? Or, increased sedimentation due to any other vertebrate activity?
Increased sedimentation from human activities, i.e. logging, agriculture,
development, etc. probably is too excessive to be applicable in this case.
Any other references relating to potential or documented effects of feral
hogs on native fish/aquatic invertebrate populations would be greatly

NOTE: My apologies to anyone who feels this is off-topic.

Rob Denkhaus
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

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