ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT: FERAL SWINE DAMAGE MANAGEMENT
APHIS is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate the environmental impacts of alternatives for reducing feral swine damage in the U.S., Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. Click here to learn about the Environmental Impact Statement and get involved in the environmental review of feral swine damage management. This page will be updated as notices and new information become available.
Free-ranging populations of feral swine exist in at least 35 states, and the nationwide population is estimated at approximately 5 million animals. States with the highest numbers of feral swine include, California, Florida, Oklahoma, and Texas. Feral swine are an invasive species that are native to Eurasia, but have become well adapted to the United States since their introduction in the early 1500’s.
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Feral swine damage pastures, agricultural crops, lawns, landscaping and natural areas due to feeding, rooting, wallowing, grazing, and trampling activities. Feral swine are reservoirs of many diseases and act as a host to parasites that can negatively impact agricultural animals, especially swine. Integrated management solutions to address problems and control or eradicate feral swine populations may include exclusion, population management and removal of animals, and innovative approaches and tools generated by research.