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Feral Swine

Feral swine herd. Photo: Billy Higginbotham, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Bugwood #5408826

Feral swine, Sus scrofa, were introduced to the United States by settlers in the 1500s as a food source. They were originally brought for agriculture, but escaped and released pigs have grown into a feral population across the US. They are highly destructive of agricultural crops, landscapes, natural resources, and historical sites. They also pose a risk to people and pets. Feral swine carry 30 known viral and bacterial pathogens, and nearly 40 parasites that can infect humans and domestic animals.

 

Feral swine damage to homeowner lawn. Photo: Billy Higginbotham, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Bugwood #5408823

Feral swine are present in every county in Florida. The USDA, APHIS, and Wildlife Services (WS) provide technical support and guidance to landowners who are suffering from feral swine damage. The USDA has implemented a management program to control feral swine populations and educate the public on the issue. You can read more about their program and about the feral swine issue here. If you or someone you know is struggling with feral swine damage on your property, you can contact the APHIS Wildlife Services program in your state by calling 1-866-4USDA-WS (866-487-3297).