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VTA Notice - Feral Swine Management in Virginia
05-01-2017, 06:21 PM
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VTA Notice - Feral Swine Management in Virginia
The USDA APHIS Wildlife Services sent the following report regarding management of feral swine in Virginia. Please note the request to report swine sightings to them.
“The USDA APHIS Wildlife Services/Virginia State Director reported that some VTA members expressed concern over recent articles regarding a new bait and toxicant approved for use in other states for feral swine control, and that the USDA might be conducting those activities here or in North Carolina. He reported I just wanted to take a second to let you know that there’s no truth behind these rumors. There are no toxicants (poisons) registered for use on feral swine in Virginia and we have no plans to do so. By the same measure, we are not using any type of sterility drugs on feral swine in Virginia and have no plans to do so.
The only cases where we would tag or release a feral pig in Virginia would be part of a program to learn more about their movements and locations. These pigs are not injected with anything. In North Carolina, tagged pigs may be given general anesthetic to help restrain them during the tagging process, but are not given toxicants or sterility drugs.
We are working closely with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, land management agencies, and landowners to remove this destructive animal from the landscape in Virginia. Any reports of feral swine taken or observed by Virginia Trappers would be greatly appreciated and would help us to map populations of this pest. Trappers can call toll-free at 855-571-9003 to report feral swine or damage from these animals.”
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