Feral Swine-Managing an Invasive Species

Feral Swine Damage. Everyone is affected in some way...



What are Feral Swine

Feral swine are the same species, Sus scrofa, as pigs that are found on farms. Feral swine are descendants of escaped or released pigs. Feral swine are called by many names including; wild boar, wild hog, razorback, piney woods rooter, and Russian or Eurasian boar. No matter the name they are a dangerous, destructive, invasive species.

History of feral swine in the Americas

Feral swine were first brought to the United States in the 1500s by early explorers and settlers as a source of food. Repeated introductions occurred thereafter. The geographic range of this destructive species is rapidly expanding and its populations are increasing across the nation.

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For more information about APHIS’ national feral swine damage management program, please contact the APHIS Wildlife Services program for your state at the number below or use the Wildlife Services Directory

1-866-4USDA-WS (866-487-3297)


         

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