Wildlife expert warns of exploding population of feral hogs in New York state

April 14, 2011Ithaca, NY — An expert on wildlife and human conflicts says there are more and more wild hogs in New York State. Paul Curtis, a professor of natural resources at Cornell University, said some of these feral hogs weigh nearly 300 pounds. “Breeding populations of wild boar are becoming established in New York State,” he said. “These invasive, non-native hogs can cause tremendous damage to crops and native plant communities. There is also a risk of spreading diseases, such as pseudorabies, from feral hogs to domestic livestock. Feral swine produce rapidly, have large litters of six to eight piglets, and can produce multiple litters per year.” “Now is the time to control abundance of feral hogs before the population explodes,” he said. “A conservative estimate of wild pig damage to crops and the environment is $1.5 billion annually in the U.S.” –Blog Syracuse
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7 Responses to Wildlife expert warns of exploding population of feral hogs in New York state

  1. gerald says:

    We have wild hogs where I live (northeastern Mexico), and they are a good source of food. Because they live mostly in the desert areas, they are no threat to man nor to property, but I can imagine what they could do to a populated area! The last one we killed back in January, weighed about 350 lbs. (a young male), and I still have some meat in the freezer. It is very tender and tasty, much better than the Javali (smaller, wild boar). With what’s coming upon this earth, I’m thankful to be able to live off the land, and these pigs are a blessing! To others, they’re a curse. Too bad they can’t figure out a way to trap and process these animals. After they’re checked for disease, they could provide a lot of meat, even if it’s just used in dog food.

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  2. ni ni ni says:

    Came here to say the same thing. Wild pigs = food. Only downside is they might attract mountain lions.

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  4. A.M says:

    Heck I live in New York State. I heard these things are supposed to be comin’ up to my state. I’ve seen shows on these hogs and I say they are nasty little creatures. I got friends that love to hunt I’m the same way. And these things WILL overrun any game we hunt. I don’t exactly like the idea of these hogs bein’ the only thing to hunt. Even worse, where I live there are quite a few elementary schools. What gets me going is the fact that the feral hogs ain’t afraid to attack people. I don’t mind them cuz I haven’t seen ’em. And I might be a junior in my school, but I do want to raise a family and these thing make me think that it wouldn’t be safe for my kids or any other kids to play outside in the open. These things pose a major threat not only to game animals, but to families with children that are too young and niave to know the danger of being around the hogs. I say that the hogs need to be put down on sight, and or controlled.

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  6. Dawn Appelberg says:

    All we are seeing has been forecasted by ancient civilizations, as well as actually experienced throughout history. In Mankind’s arrogance to think he can control Nature, we have created our own destruction. I am curious as to see what will come after us. Cephlopods pehaps?

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  7. wayne says:

    im looking to hunt these hogs if any1 knows of where they are or knows of a person with land that has them and wants to get rid of them please contact me i will clean up my mess and am willing to share the meat with the land owner if they would like some please let me know my cell is (315)-761-7387 and my name is wayne

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