(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: