Melanie R. Boudreau

Mississippi State University, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mississippi State, MS 39762

No Corn, No Problem: A Test for the Best Non-Grain Attractant for Wild Pigs

SEAFWA Journal Volume 11, March 2024

Grain-based attractants (e.g., corn) are standard among most wild pig (Sus scrofa) trapping and non-invasive sampling efforts (e.g., genetic spatial capture/recapture, camera trapping), but their use is not always feasible due to cost, deployment restrictions (e.g., difficulty of transporting grain into remote areas, property rules), and potential disease concerns associated with concentrating non-target species at bait sites. Attractant deployment and efficacy should be considered by biologists, private landowners, and researchers given the ultimate need to use attractants to attract wild...

Wintering Waterfowl Use of Wetlands in Delta National Forest, Mississippi

SEAFWA Journal Volume 9, March 2022

Bottomland hardwood forests in the southeastern United States provide important food and other socio-physiological resources for several wintering duck species. Duck presence and abundance in these wetlands can be influenced by periodicity and extent of flooding, disturbance from anthropogenic activities, and availability and coverage of certain vegetative communities. We tested if presence of flooding, anthropogenic disturbance, and certain vegetation types influenced wintering duck presence and abundance in Delta National Forest (DNF; Mississippi), the only National Forest which is...