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For Release: Friday, September 27, 2013

DEC is Seeking the Public's Help With Feral Swine Observation

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Region 6 Wildlife office is requesting the public's assistance in identifying locations where feral swine may be found in St Lawrence County. Feral swine are a destructive invasive species, not native to New York State. Wild Eurasian boar, escaped domestic pigs or hybrids of the two are all considered to be feral swine.

DEC is reaching out to the public in an effort to curb the spread of feral swine. Each year DEC Wildlife Staff in St. Lawrence County receive a few feral swine observations, but it is likely that many sightings go unreported. At this time they are believed to be found only in small numbers in a few isolated locations in the county. As a direct result of earlier sighting reports, some animals have been located and removed. The DEC would like to continue the effort to remove these animals from the landscape before they establish a population of unmanageable numbers and far reaching negative consequences.

Feral swine eat almost anything and can survive even in harsh, North Country weather conditions. They are capable of reproducing at less than one year of age and can have two litters of young per year. Feral swine compete with New York's native wildlife species for food, damage natural habitat, and kill or displace ground nesting birds and small mammals. They can be aggressive towards domestic animals and destroy agricultural crops through their feeding and rooting activity. Feral swine are known to carry several diseases that are harmful to livestock, other domestic animals, and humans. Additionally, they have been known to attack and injure humans and pets when threatened or startled.

If you see feral swine please contact the DEC at Potsdam office by calling 315-265-3090 Extension 26130 or the Watertown Bureau of Wildlife office at 315-785-2263.

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