Water supply planning workshop to start at 9 a.m.
The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. The meeting will immediately follow a water supply planning workshop. Both meetings will take place at the District Headquarters, located at 2379 Broad Street in Brooksville.
To view the Governing Board meeting online, visit WaterMatters.org and click on the “Live Video Stream” link. The video stream link becomes active and the live video feed begins approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time.
The Southwest Florida Water Management District's (District) Hampton Tract, including closed area tracts at Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve in Polk County, will be temporarily closed to the public for feral hog hunts Dec. 3-5.
Only permitted hunters will be allowed on the property during these dates. Permit sales are closed.
The Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Hampton Tract is located at 14440 Rock Ridge Road in Lakeland.
This activity is one of a series of feral hog hunts being held on District lands 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 exceeds unacceptable levels, and damage is occurring more frequently and with increasing severity.
Feral hogs 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.
Feral 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 300 pounds and travel in herds of several females and their offspring.
For more information, please call the District’s Land Management section at 1-800-423-1476 or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4467 or visit WaterMatters.org/HogHunts.
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