- Feral Swine in Michigan - A Growing Problem Like other Midwestern states, Michigan is experiencing a growing problem with feral or wild swine. Thirty years ago, there were no feral swine sightings reported in Michigan. By the end of 2011, more than 340 feral swine had been spotted in 72 of Michigan's 83 counties, and 286 have been reported killed. A sow can have two litters a year of four to six piglets. Based on their prolific breeding practices, it is estimated that feral swine in Michigan currently could number between 1,000 and 3,000.
Feral swine are a problem for two main reasons - they can host many parasites and diseases that threaten humans, domestic livestock and wildlife; and they can cause extensive damage to forests, agricultural lands and Michigan's water resources.
- Signs of Feral Swine Activity
- Recission of Feral Swine Declaratory Ruling The December 13, 2011, Declaratory Ruling on feral swine requested by the Michigan Animal Farmers Association is rescinded effective June 16, 2014. The Invasive Species Order remains in effect, and possession or sale of Russian boar and hybrids of Russian boar is still prohibited.
- Photo Illustration Showing the Characteristics of Prohibited Swine
- False Rumors About Feral Swine Enforcement - Setting the Record Straight False rumors have circulated about the manner in which the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is enforcing a 2010 Invasive Species Order declaring a certain species of swine prohibited in Michigan. We'd like to set the record straight. Click on the link above to learn the facts about enforcement of the Invasive Species Order.
- A Pickup Load of Pigs: The Feral Swine Pandemic Video This film, made available by the Mississippi State University Extension Service, addresses the issue of wild pigs as a nuisance species of growing concern. The film discusses the biology, behavior and distribution of wild pigs, and the damage and threats they present to native wildlife, agriculture, forestry and public health in the United States.
- Feral Swine: Damage and Disease Threats (U.S. Department of Agriculture brochure)
- Part 413, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act - Transgenic and Nonnative Organisms
- Invasive Species Order Amendment No. 1 of 2011
Hunter and Property Owner Information
- USDA Wildlife Services: 517-336-1928 (Nate Newman)
- Department of Natural Resources: 517-641-4903 (Dwayne Etter)
- Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development: 1-800-292-3939