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NH Residents Urged to Report Sightings of Feral Swine
By Joe Gullo
CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire residents are urged to report sightings of feral swine to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
A press release says feral pigs, also called wild pig, wild boar or feral hog, can cause ecological problems because North American ecosystems have not adapted to their damaging behavior.
"Feral swine don't know boundaries and what happens in one state affects neighboring states," says APHIS' new national feral swine initiative coordinator Dr. Dale Nolte. "Only through a concerted, comprehensive effort with the public and our State and Federal partners, can we begin to turn the tide on feral swine expansion and reduce their negative impacts to our economy and environment."
Feral swine have expanded from 17 to 39 states within the last 30 years. Currently they inhabit many northern states including New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont.
A press release says nationally it is estimated that feral swine annually cause approximately $1.5 billion in damage and can destroy as much as 1,000 acres per hour.
To report feral swine please contact:
Tony Musante, Wildlife Disease Biologist USDA/APHIS-Wildlife Services
59 Chenell Drive Suite 7
Concord, NH 03301