Eurasian Boar – ERADICATED FROM THE REGION

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Common Name: Eurasian Boar
Scientific Name: Sus scrofa
Origin: Europe, Asia

Description

Eurasian boar, or feral hogs or feral swine, can include domestic pigs or “pet” pigs that have been released or escaped captivity and “gone wild,” wild boar (native to Eurasia) that escaped from licensed shooting preserves, or a hybrid cross between domestic pigs and wild boar.

Habitat

As a result of their diverse diet, Eurasian boar can occupy a wide range of habitats including agricultural areas, forests, wetlands, and even suburbs. They are present in over 40 states in the U.S., including NY.

Threat

Eurasian boar have very destructive feeding habits, an aggressive nature, the potential to spread disease, and an increasingly growing population. They feed in large quantities on agricultural crops, native vegetation, and wildlife. They destroy suitable habitat, cause erosion, and damage property.

NYS Threat Ranking Assessment Score = Very High, 82.00

Management

Management includes relocation, trapping, hunting, poisoning, sterilization, and oral contraceptives.

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As of 2016, this species is thought to be eradicated from the Adirondack PRISM.