Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on July 31, 2011
Central New York has an escalating problem with aggressive, wild boars that are chasing people, attacking livestock, and killing pets.
The feral animals, while not reported to have attacked people, are also invading farms.
Wild boars, non-native, scruffy-looking ancestors of the domestic pig, are known by various names, including wild hogs, wild pigs, or simply boars. In North America, they are commonly referred to as razorbacks or European boars. The marauding wild boars in New York, numbering in the hundreds, are suspected of escaping from game farms.
Reported by Reuters, Wild boars invade farms, attack pets:
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wild boars are invading the farms of central New York state, attacking livestock, killing family pets and chasing people, experts warned on Friday.
The feral swine are a non-native species suspected of escaping from game farms. As many as a couple of hundred are roaming the state, said Paul Curtis, a natural resources professor at Cornell University in Ithaca.
While an exact picture of the wild boar population in New York State is unclear, a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said the swine were successfully breeding in the three counties and producing litters averaging four to six piglets.
“We’ve shot probably 15 to 20 of them in the last three years,” said Peter Andersen, a farmer in Long Eddy in Sullivan County.
“We’ve shot them right square in the head and the bullet will glance off and they’ll get up and go. Their skulls are so thick in the front, if you don’t happen to hit it at a perfect 90 degrees, with the way their heads have that kind of curved shape, the bullet will glance right off,” he added.
Armed with a $230,000 grant from the Invasive Species Council of New York, the USDA last year sought to control the growing wild boar problem.
According to a USDA report, 27 of the animals were trapped or shot and tested for diseases.
“In the absence of aggressive professional management, these populations will likely continue their expansion and become entrenched in New York State with potentially devastating consequences to natural resources, agriculture, and human health and safety,” according to the report.
From Business Insider, Escaped Wild Boars Are Killing Pets And Chasing People In New York State:
Resistant to bullets, infected with psudeorabies, and growing in number, as many as 200 wild boar are roaming New York State after escaping from a game farm.
According to Reuters, the animals have been going after livestock, chasing people, and killing family pets. With a $230,000 grant from the Invasive Species Council of New York, the USDA is trying to cull the boar but that’s something easier said than done.
Wild boars are invading the farms of central New York state, attacking livestock, killing family pets and chasing people.
It is thought as many as a couple of hundred wild pigs have escaped from game farms and are now roaming the state, experts have warned.
And while none have yet injured any humans, there have been reports of them charging, killing pets and chasing people.
USDA biologist Justin Gansowski said the swine have reportedly attacked livestock, killed a Labrador retriever and chased people in New York state.
‘There’s always the potential for attacks on people,’ Paul Curtis, a natural resources professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, said.
Gansowski said a lack of funding was the biggest obstacle to preventing the population from exploding.
This New York Times news report about wild hogs aired in 2008.
NYTimes.com – Hunting Wild Hogs (2008)