LIBERTY, NY — Feral swine, also known as feral pigs or wild boars, have become a nuisance in New York along with many other states in the U.S. The term feral swine can be given to any domestic pig that escapes or is released, a wild boar native to Eurasia, or cross-breeds between the two. An informational session offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County, as part of the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP), will take place on Tuesday, April 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Education Center. Pre-registration with a non-refundable payment of $10 must be made by calling 845/292-6180 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Feral swine are classified as an invasive species because they eat hard mast, out-competing the native species, kill livestock, and eat and destroy agricultural crops. Feral swine also pose a threat to humans by carrying diseases and displaying aggressiveness. They destroy wildlife habitat and foul water supplies.