Game Comm. removes feral swine protection
Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G.
Roe recently rescinded protection on feral swine found in the wild in Butler,
Bedford and Cambria counties.
"In May, when we removed
protection on feral swine in Pennsylvania, we maintained the protection on them
in Butler, Bedford and Cambria counties to facilitate trapping by the US and
Pennsylvania departments of Agriculture," Roe said. "Trapping is viewed as the
most effective way to remove feral swine from the wild, because it limits their
dispersal into new areas.
"However, as we are now outside the time of
year in which trapping is most effective, we want to afford hunters the maximum
opportunity to remove feral swine that they encounter while participating in the
upcoming big game seasons."
The Game Commission has determined that the
eradication of feral swine from Pennsylvania is necessary to prevent further
harm to public and private property, threats to native wildlife and disease
risks for wildlife and the state's pork industry.
Any person who kills a feral swine must report it to the
Game Commission Region Office that serves the county in which the harvest took
place within 24 hours. Residents who witness feral swine also are urged to
contact the Region Office that serves their county.
Nearly 25 states
across the nation have persistent and possibly permanent populations of feral
swine established in the wild, and Pennsylvania is one of 16 new states where
introduction is more recent and may still be countered through decisive
• Pennsylvania Game Commission
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