Conference will address the threat of feral swine in Montana

The conference will be in Billings on November 15


KTVH Montana

Nov 05, 2019


Responding to the potential threat of feral swine entering the state, the Montana Department of Livestock, along with the Montana Invasive Species Council and USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services, will host a feral swine summit on November 15 in Billings.


A press release from the Montana Department of Livestock says key stakeholders from Canada and the region will attend to address the following goals and intended outcomes:


·         Provide education regarding Montana's regulations pertaining to feral swine

·         Launch Montana's Squeal on Pigs education and outreach campaign

·         Engage neighboring states/provinces and partners to improve coordination of feral swine management to prevent introduction in Montana

·         Identify consensus and next steps on implementing a coordinated monitoring strategy


“While feral swine are not yet in Montana, we are aware of their expanding range in Saskatchewan and recent reports of sightings of feral swine along Montana’s northern border,” said Tahnee Szymanski, Assistant State Veterinarian at the department of Livestock, “In coordination with our partners, we are working hard to prevent their introduction.”


For more information, call the agency at 406.444.0547, or click here to visit the website.


Tahnee Szymanski of the Montana Department of Agriculture explained, "For feral swine in Montana there’s two ways we are concerned about them coming into the state. One is walking in, because of their presence in an adjacent state or Canadian province. The second is coming in via trailer."


Introduced from Europe, wild pigs have spread to 38 states and several Canadian provinces, with a recent report just north of Montana’s border, making them a highly adaptive animal that Montana wants to keep out.


Szymanski said, "They are very close. Over the last couple of years, we have worked with wildlife services to go out in these remote areas where we have reports of them and do surveillance and then the plan from there is to try and eradicate them as quickly as possible."


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