District's Flying Eagle Preserve Closed for Hog Hunts Dec. 6–8

News Release

A portion of the "Southwest Florida Water Management District's(Southwest Florida Water Management District)" "Flying Eagle Preserve":/recreation/hoghunt/flyingeagle.php will be temporarily closed to the public for "hog hunts(Feral Hog Hunts)":/hoghunts Dec. 6–8.

Only the northeastern section of the preserve, formerly known as the McGregor Smith Scout Reservation, will be closed. Only permitted hunters will be allowed on the property during these dates. All of the permits for these hunts have been sold.

Flying Eagle Preserve is located east of Inverness in Citrus County. Access to the northeastern section of the preserve is available off SR 44, at 12650 E. Boy Scout Road. The rest of the preserve, accessible from East Moccasin Slough Road in Inverness and East Trails End Road in Floral City, will remain at its normal operating hours.

The hunt is one of a series of "hog hunts(Feral Hog Hunts)":/hoghunts being held on District lands in an effort to control the damage being caused to the natural habitats.

The District only allows hogs to be controlled through hunts when the damage they cause is at unacceptable levels, and damage is occurring more frequently and with increasing severity.

"Wild hogs(Feral Hog FAQs)":/recreation/hoghunt/faq.html live throughout Florida in various habitats, but prefer moist forests and swamps, as well as pine flatwoods. They are omnivorous and feed by rooting with their broad snouts, which can cause extensive damage to the natural habitats. In fact, they can leave an area looking like a plowed field.

Wild hogs are not native to Florida and are believed to have been introduced by explorer Hernando DeSoto as early as 1539. They can weigh more than 150 pounds and travel in herds of several females and their offspring.

For more information, please call the Land Resources Department at the District's Brooksville Headquarters at 1-800-423-1476 or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4465.