Tipping the scales at 200 pounds or more, feral swine leave a path of destruction wherever they roam. As they compete with livestock for grazing rights, ruin crops, and trample Tribal heritage sites, these wild pigs pose an ever-increasing threat on Tribal lands and in at least 35 States, where they cause an estimated $2 billion in damage and management costs each year. Feral swine also have the potential to carry and spread more than 30 diseases, including several that could affect domestic swine herds and even humans.
Recognizing the many dangers feral swine represent, the U.S. Congress has appropriated funds for a national effort, spearheaded by APHIS, to combat these harmful animals. In response, APHIS has established a National Feral Swine Damage Management Program, which brings under one umbrella damage management programs already in operation from coast to coast. As part of this effort, APHIS remains interested in increasing its involvement with Tribal partners wanting to reduce problems caused by feral swine. For more information, Tribes may contact APHIS’ National Feral Swine Damage Management Program Manager, Dale Nolte, at Dale.L.Nolte@aphis.usda.gov or (970) 266-6049.
To report feral swine activity on Tribal lands and request assistance, Tribes can contact State wildlife and agriculture officials or APHIS’ Wildlife Services program toll free at (866) 487-3297.