Wanted: Wild Boar

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Wanted: Wild Boar

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WANTED: Wild Boar(Sus scrofa)

The Lacey Act provides authority for the FWS to name groups of animals as "injurious species" and thus restrict their import. National Invasive Species Management Plan also resticts and limits the introduction of exotic species.

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An invasive species is a plant or animal that is not native to a specific location and has a tendency to spread, which is believed to cause damage to the environment, human economy and/or human health.

In order to keep the pigs out of the Natinal parks, fences have been constructed.The fences are designed to prevent pigs from rooting underneath, while allowing animals of various sizes to pass through, or jump over. Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) to eradicate exotic pigs within the fence-enclosure. Using ground-hunting methods, trained dogs, and traps, and subsequently monitoring for pig signs are used to eradicae the pigs that slip through the cracks.

American wild boar are lean and athletic. Compact, high and wide at the shoulder tapering to the hip, their narrow heads lead to an impossibly long snout. Ears are smaller, legs longer and coats usually more coarse and dense than any domestic hog. They are black in color and have short tusks.

Rooting by pigs disturbs natural plant communities by destroying native species. Pigs compete with deer and other wildlife for acorns, insects, and other food sources. Pigs also prey on a number of animals and insects, directly threatening their survival. Pig rooting significantly increases the rate of erosion. Pigs root near stream banks causing the soil to loosen and wash away during rains.

The Wild Boar was originally found in Asia and Europe area, but was introduced to the US and Australia. This species can be found now in the southern United States.

Without the presence of the pigs, the grond is more beautiful, the water is of better quality, and there is more diversity among other species. You can do your part in keeping this species under control by reporting any sightings, or killing any you find.


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