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Monitoring Feral Swine

Monitoring Feral Swine

When monitoring feral swine, one method does not fit all. Hence, NWRC researcher Dr. Rick Engeman and international collaborators in the United Kingdom, Australia, and France set out to provide practical guidance to wildlife managers, researchers, and others interested in monitoring feral swine and wild pig populations.

“We all know feral swine are a problem and it’s imperative that we monitor populations to demonstrate our management successes,” states Engeman. “This guide describes the pros and cons of methods used for monitoring populations. Prospective users can consider and identify which option best suits their needs, circumstances, and resources.”

Though indices are not estimates of actual population numbers, if properly designed and implemented, they can make relative comparisons or monitor trends. Included among the methods described in the publication are: track plots, dung surveys, animal marking and capture-mark-recapture, aerial surveys, spotlight surveys, camera traps, and DNA methods.


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