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USDA to Fund Eradication of Feral Swine

06/19/2019

On June 20th the USDA announced  $75 million in funding to eradicate feral swine.  The project entitled the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program is a joint effort between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

 

Up to $34 million will be allocated for partnership activities with land-owners in targeted areas.  Key states include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, the Carolinas, Oklahoma and Texas.  These states have significant densities of feral swine populations.

 

The pilot project will include removal of feral swine by APHIS, restoration efforts following damage caused by feral swine and assistance in control through partnership agreements.

Administrator of the APHIS Kevin Shea stated, “Overall, this pilot program builds upon and expands work already underway by APHIS National Feral Swine Damage Management Program to eliminate populations in partnership with local government, the private sector, industry and academia.”

 

It is considered critical that the feral swine population should be reduced in the short term and  eventually suppressed to the point to extinction.  A resident population of feral hogs especially in states with high populations of livestock serves as a danger if exotic diseases such as African swine fever or foot and mouth disease are introduced.  Given the extent in density of feral hogs in some states, introduction of an exotic disease would result in a an endemic status that would profoundly impact the potential for export.

 


 
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