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St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge Predator Control

Implementing Organization

US Department of the Interior

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$580,772

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA

Details

Project Category

Environmental

Project Actions

Habitat Restoration and Enhancement

Targeted Resources

Other

Project Description

This project will help restore habitat and ecological services to natural resources on St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge through the control of raccoon populations and removal of feral hogs on St. Vincent Island. A key management objective, of the St. Vincent NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan, is to reduce habitat deterioration and decrease loss of threatened and endangered species through the control of raccoon populations and removal of feral hogs on St. Vincent Island. Shorebird survey data indicate that raccoons are a significant cause of nest failure to beach-nesting birds. Birds impacted include endangered, threatened, or imperiled species, such as Least tern (LETE), Snowy plover (SNPL), Wilson’s plover (WIPL), and American oystercatcher (AMOY). Considered the most destructive exotic species on the refuge, feral hogs have destroyed sea turtle nests and depredated shorebird and gopher tortoise eggs and young. In addition, rooting by feral hogs has destroyed wetland vegetation (including rare species), damaged refuge roads and impoundments, and has increased the spread of invasive exotic plants. Control of raccoon populations and removal of feral hogs will help restore habitat and protect natural resources on the island.

Contact

Kate Healy
(251) 517-8010
katherine_healy@fws.gov
Project Website
Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

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