Green Swamp’s Hampton Tract To Close Temporarily For Hog Hunts

The 11,052-acre Hampton Tract managed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District will close to the general public Nov. 15-17 to accommodate planned hog hunts.

Feral hogs are not native to North America and cause extensive damage to native habitats, which justifies periodic hunts to control their populations.

During the hunt, access will be limited to the 30 hunters who obtained permits under the program.

The tract will reopen to the public Nov. 18.

The Hampton Tract is one of several parcels in Polk and adjacent counties that make up the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve.

They lie in and adjacent to the Green Swamp Area Critical State Concern, which contains the headwaters of the Hillsborough, Ocklawaha, Peace and Withlacoochee rivers and serves as a hub for a statewide system of wildlife corridors as well as providing habitat for a wide variety of native plants and animals.



Posted in Group Conservation Issues.