NOT WANTED: Feral swine in Michigan

Feral swine, also known as wild hogs, pose a serious risk to the state of Michigan. You can harvest them anytime, but you must follow current-season hunting laws.

Feral swine are free-range pigs, and are considered to be an exotic animal that is a public nuisance. The appearance of feral swine may vary greatly as they are believed to be derived from several sources which may include: the wild European boar, escaped domestic swine and/or hybrids of the two types.      

Feral swine have been identified in 40 states from California to New Jersey and from Texas to the Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In Michigan, feral swine have been reported in 70 of the state’s 83 counties.

Michigan law allows individuals to pursue and harvest feral swine at any time.  However, if you plan to pursue and harvest feral swine it is imperative that you follow all regulations of the respective open hunting season in which you may be pursuing feral swine.

Report all sightings. If you have any information in regard to sightings, harvest or any sign of feral swine you may contact the following individuals.

Julie Rose, Michigan Department of Natural Resources at 517-336-5030.

Tim Wilson, USDA Wildlife Services at 517-336-1928, Wildlife Services has feral swine traps available to loan to landowners wishing to trap feral swine on their property.

Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA): 1-800-282-3939 - press "4" for the Animal Industry Division.

Additional information such as feral swine reporting forms, maps of feral swine sightings and harvests and many other resources may be found on MDA’s feral swine site.

You can learn more on page 8 of the August 2010 issue of Pork Quarterly

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