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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Feral Pigs in NY Allegany State Park

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feral pig (photo from National Forest Law Blog)

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The NY Department of Environmental Cconservation has confirmed that feral pigs (wild boar) are invading Allegany State Park. A road crew saw the pigs last weed whil working, and two visitors managed to take their picture.

The damage these animals do to an ecosystem is considerable. "When they go to the wild they actually go through a morphological change. Their hair turns thicker, darker and courser, and their tusks develop. You wouldn't think that little pink porker could become that razorback type of boar but it does," said New York DEC Wildlife Manager Mark Kandel

There are concerns about the boars invading central New York as well. They can produce three litters a year, and quickly cause problems. They avoid human contact, but will attack if they feel threatened. And an adult boar can weigh 300 pounds.

The DEC wants to eradicate the animals from the state. The New York State Hunting guide reads "Feral swine are a harmful, invasive species. DEC is working to eradicate feral swine from NY's landscape. Hunters with small game hunting privileges may shoot and keep feral swine, at any time, and in any number."

There are areas and times when hunting is restricted in state parks that can override the "anywhere, anytime" directive. The meat of these feral swine is reportedly leaner and healthier than that of the commercial chemical laden pork sold in stores. But NYS law doesn't even require that they be removed. They just want them eradicated before they get established beyond eradication.



Gordon said...

A couple of years ago there was concern about some escaped wild pigs in Michigan UP but I have not been able to find any further information. The concern was environmental damage and danger to humans.

Tom Salwasser said...

I visited Myakka River state park in Sarasota, Florida recently and they have a huge feral pig problem. They do a tremendous amount of digging. They try to control the population by having special hunts.

New York woukd be wise to nip this problem in the bud.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Thanks for the comments, guys. This could be really serious if those porkers get established.

Jim Wilson said...

Has the invasion of feral hogs in the Allegheny State Park been brought under control as of January 2011?