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NAPOLEONVILLE, La. – Landowners and farmers learned about controlling animal pests, especially coyotes and wild pigs, at a field day held Jan. 23, 2012 by the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant . For more information and follow-up documents go to

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Predator control 2012

  1. 1. Predator Control 2012 Field Day Monday, January 23, 2012 LSU AgCenter Facility Napoleonville La
  2. 2. Agenda WELCOMEIntroductionsRick Louque, County Agent (Assumption Parish)Taking “Outlaw Quadrupeds”Alan Matherne, Coastal & Fisheries Outreach (Terrebonne,Lafourche, Assumption Parishes)Questions & AnswersLaw Enforcement Panel FIELD DEMONSTRATIONS Walter Cotton, USDA/APHISCapturing with Snares & Foothold TrapsHunting & Calling Techniques FERAL HOG WORKSHOP Walter Cotton
  3. 3. Outlaw Quadrupeds Wanted: DEAD!• Coyotes• Feral Hogs• Armadillos
  4. 4. Coyote Facts• Eastern coyote (Canis latrans) – Canine, dog family – American jackal, prairie wolf• Description – Length: 30-34”, height: 23-26”, weight: 15-46 lbs – Color: grayish-brown to yellowish-gray with white, reddish-brown, black areas• Diet – Technically: Carnivores; Reality: Omnivores• Problems – Predation on livestock, wildlife, pets – Depredation on crops – Threats to human health/safety• Control – Snaring, trapping, shooting, poisoning
  5. 5. Feral Pig/Hog Facts• Feral pig/hog (Sus scrofa) – Wild pigs, wild hogs, wild boars, European wild boars, Russian wild boars, razorbacks• Description – Common to 200 lbs, reach over 400 lbs – Color: black, brown, white, blond, reddish brown, may be spotted/banded• Diet – Omnivores: consume plants & animals• Problems – Diseases: brucellosis, pseudorabies, swine fever – Damage: rooting, preying on livestock & wildlife, competing for wild food• Control – Snaring, trapping, shooting, hunting with dogs
  6. 6. Armadillo Facts• Nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) – Found in North, Central, & South America (native to) – Range: As far west as Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, as far east as South Carolina, as far south as Louisiana, as far north as Illinois, Indiana, Iowa• Description – Body length: 15-17” Tail: 14-16” Weight: 8-17 lbs• Diet – Insectivorous: Grubs, beetles, ants, termites – Fungi, tubers, carrion, worms, eggs, small invertebrates, amphibians, small reptiles, small mammals• Problems – Burrowing/foraging damages root systems – Carry leprosy (Hansens disease)• Control – Trapping, live traps, shooting (night)
  7. 7. Taking the Outlaws• “Holders of a legal hunting license may take coyotes, feral hogs where legal and armadillos year round during legal daylight shooting hours.”• Trapping license to sell coyote pelts
  8. 8. Nighttime Taking• On private property• Last day of Feb through last day of Aug• ½ hour after sunset• Landowner, lessee, or agent with written permission & landowner’s contact info• Coyotes, armadillos, feral hogs, nutria, beaver• With/without: artificial light, infrared/laser devices, night vision devices, sound suppressors (ATF tax stamp req’d)• Any legal firearm• Notify local sheriff’s office 24 hours prior
  9. 9. Trapping• Furbearers – Beaver, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, mink, muskrat, nutria, opossum, river otter, red fox, raccoon, skunk• License – To set or run traps of any type to catch furbearers during the open trapping – To sell pelts or carcasses of furbearers• Season – Nov 20, 2011 - Mar 31, 2012• Feral hogs & armadillos – No trapping license/season
  10. 10. Wildlife Management Areas• Outlaw Quadrupeds – During specified hunting seasons • Except Turkey & Spring Squirrel • With/without electronic calls • Properly licensed hunters • Guns & archery legal for season • Must be killed immediately• Feral Hog Season – Oct 1 – Feb 29: Most WMAs – Feb 16 – Mar 31: Atchafalaya Delta, Pass-a-Loutre, Point-aux-Chenes, Salvador • Shotguns with slugs or buckshot – Centerfire pistol in addition to gun/archery – Specifics vary per WMA, check the regs
  11. 11. Sheriff’s Offices• Assumption –985-369-2912• Lafourche –985-532-2808• Terrebonne –985-876-2500
  12. 12. Louisiana Dept of Wildlife & Fisheries Region 6: Thibodaux• Phone: 985-447-0821• Area covered: – Assumption – St. James – St. John – St. Mary – Terrebonne – Lafourche – Jefferson-Grand Isle – Lower St. Martin
  13. 13. LSUAgCenter.comAlan Matherneamatherne@agcenter.lsu.edu985-873-6495 /
  14. 14. Walter CottonCapturing with Snares & Foothold TrapsHunting & Calling Techniques