The USDA Wildlife Services is asking the public to report sightings of wild boar, also called wild pig, feral swine, wild boar or feral hog. They are not native to North America but now can be found around the USA from Florida to Washington, NH, Maine and VT.
They are considered an invasive species and disrupt farms, livestock, animals and the general population. They are the most destructive mammals in North America even labeled an ecological disaster.
In 2014 Wildlife Services received $20 million from Congress to manage feral swine. (I'm not going to even start to joke about fat hogs in Congress...)
The animals use their snouts to uproot plants and soil, called rooting behavior, which can cause serious property damage, up to 2 feet deep.
They create mud baths in fields, consume crops, prey on livestock and other farm animals, and contaminate water supplies with feces.
They will compete with local wildlife for food and carry parasites and pathogens.
The adults range from 100 - 200 pounds each and are active at night.
Any sightings please contact:
Tony Musante, Wildlife Disease Biologist
59 Chenell Drive Suite 7
Concord, NH 03301