- Feral swine (also called wild pigs and feral hogs) are an invasive species rapidly becoming established throughout the country.
- Feral swine cause significant damage to agricultural crops, forests, private property, and other natural areas.
- In 2000, it was estimated that the total damage caused by feral swine in the United States was approximately $800 million annually.
- Feral swine damage is caused by their feeding, wallowing, rooting, and tree rubbing.
- Damage usually occurs at night and can be severe after only a few nights.
- Damaged areas are left exposed and open to the establishment of invasive plants.
- Feral swine can vary greatly in appearance and in size. Feral swine are cross between the Eurasian boar and escaped/neglected domestic swine. Typical fur coloration for true Eurasian boar can be grey to dark brown to black, while domestic breeds can display a wider variety of colors with many defining patterns of striping or spots.
- Feral swine can carry diseases that threaten livestock, pets, and humans.
- Feral swine are omnivorous feeders and will consume anything in their path – invertebrates, small mammals and other small vertebrates, eggs of ground-nesting birds, even the young of larger animals such as white-tailed deer. In addition, feral swine compete with native wildlife for valuable resources, such as acorns that squirrels, deer, and turkey depend on during winter months.
- Florida's Exotic Wildlife Species Detail - Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- Global Invasive Species Database - Invasive Species Specialist Group
- Animal Diversity Web - University of Michigan Museum of Zoology
- Wikipedia - Wikimedia Foundation, Inc
- Coping with Feral Hogs Website - Texas A&M University
- National Feral Swine Mapping System - Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study
- International Wild Pig Conference - Berryman Institute
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Invasive Listing Sources
- Apalachicola Invasive Working Group
- Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area
- Florida Invasive Species Partnership
- Great Lakes Early Detection Network
- Invasive Species of Concern in Georgia
- Nonnative Invasive Species in Southern Forest and Grassland Ecosystems
- Southwest Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Mgmt. Area
- Treasure Coast Cooperative Invasive Species Mgmt. Area - EARLY DRAFT
- Wisconsin's Invasive Species Identification, Classification and Control Rule
Other System LinksITIS: 180722
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