Problems With Pigs

Landowners who know or suspect that feral swine are on their property must notify the State Board of Animal Health immediately.

Greg Link, assistant chief of wildlife for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said a new state law requires landowners to help the BOAH control or eradicate feral swine.

“We’ve had a few situations that have come up recently in which individuals saw wild pigs on their property, or on property they were hunting, yet did not report it to the BOAH,” Link said. “There will be serious consequences if feral pigs establish a permanent population in the state.”

Feral pigs threaten domestic livestock, crops, public safety, natural habitat and wildlife. Link said they often split into separate groups once their numbers reach a certain threshold. “They are very hardy and resilient,” he added, “that’s why immediate action to eliminate them is essential.”

A landowner may destroy wild pigs if they pose a threat, but must contact the BOAH within 24 hours. The landowner must follow any instructions given by the board regarding the handling, preservation and disposal of the carcass.

The Game and Fish Department, BOAH, USDA’s Wildlife Services and Veterinary Services, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have taken aggressive action to eliminate feral pigs because of their potential to transmit disease and destroy habitat and property.

Anyone who observes or suspects the presence of feral pigs should call the BOAH at (701) 328-2655 or Game and Fish Department at (701) 328-6300.