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Tuesday, October 18 • 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Wildlife. Optimization of Sodium Nitrite as an Oral Toxicant for Feral Swine

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AUTHORS: John C. Kinsey, Kerr Wildlife Management Area, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; Nathan P. Snow, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University; Kurt C. VerCauteren, United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center; Justin A. Foster, Kerr Wildlife Management Area, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; Linton Staples, Animal Control Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd (ACTA); Simon Humphrys, Invasive Animals CRC

ABSTRACT: Research and management experience have shown that when attempting to control invasive and adaptive species of vertebrate pests it is most efficacious to take an integrated pest management approach that incorporates the timely use of a variety of cost-effective methods to minimize damage. Several methods can be employed to manage feral swine, but they have not proven efficient or cost effective in reducing damage or limiting populations on broad scales. Methods such as shooting or trapping with humane destruction are currently used to reduce densities of feral swine but neither option reliably achieves the desired control range-wide. Additional lethal methods that can be more broadly applied are needed to address this issue and development of a toxicant for feral swine is warranted. We describe how an interdisciplinary team from state, federal, and private entities in three countries has developed, evaluated, and will register a toxicant to target feral swine in the USA. Our team has progressed quickly in recent years to make advancements in bait stability and palatability which has resulted in mortality rates >90%. We have continued to focus on eliminating non-target risks through the development of species-specific feeders as well as evaluating the sensitivity of secondary consumers. Our science-based efforts began in controlled captive settings and will be expanded to free-range settings in representative habitats across the US. By aiding efforts to eliminate populations of feral swine, our toxicant will serve to reduce associated damages to our natural resources and thus benefit native wildlife and fish.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Riverview B

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