Public Awareness Meeting for Feral Swine in New York
Reported by Katie Long, USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services
Due to increased demand, we are repeating the feral swine workshop on Thursday, May 24th at the Tuscarora Town Hall, 1094 Gill Rd, Addison, NY 14801, 6:30-8:30pm.There is no cost to attend.
Please call the CCE- Steuben office (607-664-2300) or email Ariel Kirk firstname.lastname@example.org to register.Walk ins also welcome.
Please join CCE- Steuben and Katie Long, USDA-APHIS Wildlife Specialist, for an informational meeting regarding feral swine and the importance of monitoring and managing for this destructive invasive species.
A short introduction of the information that will be covered in the sessions is below:
Feral swine (Sus scrofa) in New York have accounted for over $1 million in damage and control costs. Eurasian boars were documented in 16 counties, with established breeding populations in six counties. Because of their extraordinarily high reproductive rates, lack of natural predators, and intelligence, feral swine are extremely difficult to control once a population becomes established.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and USDA Wildlife Services (WS) took an aggressive and timely approach to managing feral swine and were successful in their elimination. In total, WS and DEC removed 209 feral swine from 2008-2014. In 2017, the last remaining feral swine was removed from St. Lawrence County. USDA currently classifies New York as a feral swine “elimination state”, but that title does not mean WS’ monitoring efforts cease. Continued monitoring after elimination is the focus of WS’ current feral swine management efforts and the public’s help is vital in the continuing need.
The destruction caused by feral swine eventually leads to a reduction in water and natural resource quality. Numerous New York agricultural and natural resource risks are associated with feral swine. Two main agriculture industries are pork and dairy. Feral swine are disease vectors and can transmit 37 different diseases to livestock, pets, wildlife, and humans. The dairy industry is at potential risk due to feed crop damage and disease transmission. All wetlands, which are federally protected, as well as private lands, are also at risk.
Estimates suggest one feral swine can damage 10 acres of wetlands per year resulting in estimated $64,000 per acre in restoration costs. New York Wildlife Services created a Five-Prong Approach to feral swine management in 2008. This plan consists of: 1. On-the-ground management, 2. An early detection network, 3. Collaboration with law enforcement, 4. Aerial surveillance, and 5. Detection dog surveillance. The strategy succeeded in eliminating swine and will continue to be a successful tool in monitoring efforts.
The public awareness meetings are being offered at no cost. To register your space at one of the meetings, call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County at 607-664-2300.
Tuscarora Town Hall
1094 Gill Rd
Addison, New York 14801