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St. Lucie Extension professionals receive national award
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Posted: 2013 Sep 13 - 06:55

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY --The Land Managers' Feral Hog Management Practices Inventory in Florida was selected by the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals to receive its first place national 2013 Gold Award in the Educational Material - Short Publication category.

UF/IFAS St. Lucie County Natural Resource Extension Agent Ken Gioeli and Florida Master Naturalist Joanna Huffman are the award winners and co-authors of this published work.

Feral hogs are now found in every county in Florida and in at least 35 states and Canadian provinces. Southeast Florida's feral hog population is second only to Texas and is estimated to have more than 500,000 wild hogs in a relatively stable population, with 1 to 2 million in the Southeastern U.S. Feral hogs can be aggressive to people and cause damage to the environment by rubbing or tusking small trees and by rooting up native vegetation. Unfortunately, feral hogs are difficult to manage.

The co-authors of this published work conducted feral hog management practices research to determine what control practices are being employed by managers of both public and private natural areas and to determine whether or not these practices are effective. Findings were published in the Proceedings of the Florida State Horticulture Society (Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc. 125:370-372. 2012).

The national award-winning document is intended for use by natural areas managers, hunters and trappers and anyone else experiencing difficulty managing feral hogs.

For more information about feral hog management or this National ANREP Award, contact Ken Gioeli at (772) 462-1660 or via email at ktgioeli@ufl.edu or Joanna Huffman at (772) 370-3500 or email at jhuffmansigner@comcast.net .

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