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Thursday, 15 November 2012 10:35

Farmers and Hunters Reminded to Shoot Feral Swine

(AREA) -- The Michigan Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development and DNR are urging hunters and farmers to shoot feral swine and report any sightings. Firearm deer hunting season begins Thursday, November 15 and runs through November 30. Feral swine are defined as free-ranging wild pigs, not owned by any person. Feral swine are known to carry the PRV virus, which primarily causes newborn piglets to die. Older pigs can survive infection, becoming carriers of the virus for life. According to DNR Deputy Director Bill Moritz, Feral swine are a significant risk to Michigan's ecosystems and agricultural resources and a serious threat to humans and wildlife. Private land owners may shoot or trap-and-remove feral swine at any time.

If you see or shoot any feral swine, please contact: the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wildlife Services at:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by contacting the office number at 517-336-1928. Please provide the date of observation or take, your name and address, your phone number and email. Please note the crossroads, the county and the nearest city. Be prepared to provide the number of animals, the type (adults or piglets), and if crop damage was observed.