Estimate US Feral Swine Population Size - Renewal - 2

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

APHIS is implementing a National Feral Swine Damage Management Program (NFSDMP) to reduce, and in some areas eliminate, the risks and damage caused by feral swine to agriculture, natural resources, property, and human health. As part of the NFSDMP Strategic Plan, CEAH has duties related to disease and population monitoring, risk assessments of feral swine impacts on livestock, mapping the feral swine distribution, targeting feral swine damage mitigations and modeling of feral swine invasibility. To achieve its goals, CEAH works in partnership with the NWRC to conduct research at jointly shared field study sites, monitor populations, and develop models that estimate feral swine population size and regional habitat and space use patterns.

The MacArthur Agro-Ecology Program at Buck Island, Florida has been identified as Joint Field Study and Modeling site used to conduct studies that link information on feral swine population size, risk, and population control efforts in an effort to characterize changes in damage and risk associated with management programs designed to reduce population numbers. This project site is ideally suited to collect data needed by NFSDMP because the site is used by many collaborators for a variety of efforts to understand the biology, ecology, and risk posed by feral swine, including genetic mark-resight studies, diet analysis, population genetics, disease prevalence estimation, and feral swine intra- and inter- species contact and disease modeling. The combined data from these diverse projects contribute to the goals of NFSDMP to prevent or reduce feral swine-caused agricultural losses. Details regarding these projects, and their contributions to the goals of the NFSDMP, can be found in the CEAH Feral Swine Strategic plan and the NWRC-CEAH Joint Field Study and Modeling Strategic plan.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date9/1/198/31/20

Funding

  • US Department of Agriculture (USDA): $49,999.00

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