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Feral Swine

Wildlife Services received $20 million to implement a collaborative, national feral swine management program in all 39 states where there is a recognized feral swine population.  The overarching goal of the APHIS National Feral Swine Damage Management Program is to protect agricultural and natural resources, property, animal health, and human health and safety by reducing feral swine populations in the United States.  APHIS’ feral swine damage management program supports the USDA strategic goals and objectives by improving the health and prosperity of rural America.  APHIS (Wildlife Services) will reduce problems by suppressing populations in States where feral swine populations are large and widely distributed.  In States where feral swine are emerging or populations are low, APHIS will cooperate with Federal, State, Tribal, and local entities to implement strategies to eliminate them.  APHIS also will target feral swine emerging in urban areas where they pose a danger to people and property. APHIS will also conduct research to develop and evaluate new and emerging tools to further reduce damage inflicted by feral swine.

For more information about the national feral swine management program, view this short video.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT: FERAL SWINE DAMAGE MANAGEMENT

 

APHIS has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that evaluates 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.  The public is invited to review and submit comments on the
DEIS.  Please visit the APHIS feral swine EIS webpage to learn about the DEIS and how to submit comments and stay

involved with feral swine damage management.

Feral SwineFree-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.

 

Feral Swine brochureClick here to view the brochure, “Feral Swine: Damage and Disease Threats”

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.

Overview
Feral swineFeral swine are an invasive species that cause damage to agricultural crops and livestock and threaten 
native wildlife and the environment.  >>More


Conflicts 
feral swine rooting damages lawns.
Conflicts with feral swine vary widely, from agricultural crop damage to disease
threats to livestock.  >>More


Management Assistance 
Feral Swine in a trap
WS provides technical assistance and direct management of feral swine problems 
n many states.  >>More


Research 
Feral swine research
WS' National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) conducts research and investigational 
activities on a wide variety of wildlife damage issues, including those related to 
feral swine.  >>More

Report Feral Swine

Many states have phone, Internet sites, or methods for the public to report sightings 
of feral swine, especially where they cause damage.  >>More

 

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