LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - A wildlife management area in Northeast Arkansas may be closed later this month as federal and state officials work to reduce feral hog populations.
According to a media release from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, portions of the St. Francis Sunken Lands Wildlife Management Area may be closed Feb. 10-16, weather permitting.
The WMA is in Clay, Craighead, Greene, and Poinsett counties.
Officials say the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services and the AGFC will be doing aerial operations trying to reduce the population.
“Public safety during the flights is the primary concerns for the temporary closures. To provide safety for the public and comply with USDA regulations, access will not be allowed during ongoing operations,” the release noted. “Varying weather and site specific conditions will not allow for specific dates of the closures. The dates allow some flexibility to take advantage of resources over large contiguous tracts of habitat. In the event that access to the WMAs is restricted, AGFC and partnering agency staff will be on-site to maintain road and access closures.”
Other WMA’s scheduled to be closed include Trusten Holder in Tichnor and Seven Devils, Cut-off Creek and Freddie Black Choctaw Island WMA in Drew County.
Information on the closure can be obtained by calling the AGFC Wildlife Management Division at 501-223-6359.