Feral Hogs At US Border, ‘Widespread Damage’ Ahead

FOX NEWS: America’s northern border has U.S. officials warning of widespread damage potentially posed by feral pigs spotted near the International Boundary between Canada and the United States. The pigs, described as ‘rototillers,’ root for food, wallow in farms, fields and forests, and can decimate terrain.

Border crossing swine may spread disease to livestock, humans

Sep 14, 2019

| Fox News – An underreported threat along America’s border has U.S. officials and residents warning of widespread damage due to the reckless invaders: Feral hogs from Canada.

At least eight wild boar have been spotted just north of the border with Montana.

Officials from multiple agencies warn say the pigs could cause significant damage.

“If we were to design an invasive species that would do the most widespread damage, feral swine aren’t too far off from being the perfect specimen,” a USDA spokesman said. “It would be a disaster.”

The pigs were described as “rototillers” — they root for food and wallow in farms, fields and forests, leaving terrain unrecognizable.

The pigs might also spread diseases impacting livestock and other animals. Read more. 

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Wild Pigs Are Eating Our Bacon – Or At Least Our Melons (and much more)

Hungry porkers gorge themselves on $75,000 canteloupe crop

April 27, 2019

FOXBusiness, DURANT, Oka. – Two years ago, Joel Tumblson was surveying the family’s 25-acre cantaloupe field and didn’t notice any usual activity.

Three days later, after turning attention to another melon field that needed harvesting, he came back to find the entire crop was destroyed by feral pigs, a loss of about $75,000.

“It was like a herd of elephants went through there,” he told FOX Business. “It’s unbelievable what they can do.”

Trumblson is not the only farmer to suffer at the trotter of a pig. Some in the region have lost entire 30-acre watermelon fields in as little as two nights to a herd of wild hogs, known as a sounder.

Experts say the total economic damage the boar’s cause is as much as $2.5 billion annually.

Federal and state governments have been largely unable to help, farmers say, and the options for eradication aren’t sustainable, like using helicopters to shoot the hogs from the sky.

Enter drones.

Oklahoma’s Choctaw Nation and its nearly 11 counties are one of 10 sites chosen by the Federal Aviation Administration to test unmanned aircraft. Wild Pig “Explosion” Now Threatens Human Health

It’s the only American Indian tribe to obtain the Integration Pilot Program (IPP) designation, largely due to a 44,000-acre, 27-mile long field in the region that provides ample testing ground for a variety of uses for drones.

“It’s one of the largest, first serious attempts to look at the realism of using drones for agriculture,” said James Grimsley, an advisor to the Choctaw Nation on its IPP program … Read more.