Feral Swine: A Growing Crisis in Your Backyard

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Feral swine are a destructive and invasive species that cost agricultural industries over $1.5 billion in damages and mitigation nationally. Not only do they feed on large swaths crops and destroy land by feeding, wallowing, and rooting, they can also spread over 30 diseases to livestock and people. These diseases spread can include: Brucellosis, Pseudorabies, Salmonellosis, and Trichinellosis.

The presence of feral swine can have huge financial impacts on your farm through losses in productivity and trade. It is vital to protect your land, crops, and livestock by reducing any potential exposure to feral swine.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Veterinary Division has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, N.C. Division of Public Health, N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission and North Carolina Cooperative Extension to help you protect your property. This partnership of state and federal agencies works to understand the feral swine problem in North Carolina and take action to remove them from the landscape, with the help of landowners.

The Feral Swine Task Force provides information and resources to landowners to help effectively manage feral swine on their private property and in their community. The taskforce offers disease testing kits and sighting/damage assessment surveys to understand and solve feral swine issues. Additionally, educational events and public forums will be held to gather vital input and stories from landowners and farmers like you!

To report sightings of feral swine and learn more about the N.C. Feral Swine Task Force, visit our website at NC Feral Swine, email us at contactus@ncferalswine.org or call the Report Feral Swine Hotline at 866-318-2401.Feral hog

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Max Knowles, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMax KnowlesExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock Call Max Email Max N.C. Cooperative Extension, Sampson County Center
Posted on Dec 7, 2020
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