Currently, there are breeding populations of feral swine in both Sullivan and Delaware Counties.
— Currently, there are breeding populations of feral swine in both Sullivan and Delaware Counties.
Members of the agricultural community, property owners, and the general public in both counties are encouraged to attend an informational session offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County, as part of the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP), to learn what can be done locally in Sullivan County to deal with this invasive species.
The event will take place on Tuesday, April 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty.
Pre-registration with a non-refundable payment of $10 must be made by calling 845 292-6180 or emailing Susan Dollard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feral swine, also known as feral pigs or wild boars, have become a nuisance in NY along with many other states in the U.S.
The term feral swine can be given to any domestic pig that escapes or is released, a wild boar native to Eurasia, or cross-breeds between the two.
Most of the populations in New York can be traced back to escaped and abandoned Eurasian boars in captivity and hunting preserves.
They are classified as an invasive species because they eat hard mast, out-competing the native species, kill livestock, and eat and destroy agricultural crops.
Feral swine also pose a threat to humans by carrying diseases and displaying aggressiveness. They destroy wildlife habitat and foul water supplies.
To address this issue, New York State recently passed a bill outlawing the importation, release, or breeding of Eurasian Boar.