Mar 8, 2013

USDA Releases New York 2012 Feral Swine Management Report

The 2012 Feral Swine Management Report, prepared by the United States Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services program, is now available. This detailed report addresses the current status of this invasive mammal throughout New York State.

“Feral swine (Sus scrofa) are a growing problem all across the country and a serious concern for New York. They are highly adaptable and can exploit a diversity of habitat types, including states with harsh winters such as Michigan and North Dakota. Feral swine have a high reproductive capacity and populations can quickly expand to colonize new areas. Currently in New York, there are four breeding populations of feral swine, located in Onondaga, Cortland, Tioga, Sullivan, Delaware, and Clinton Counties. The breeding populations are thought to be a result of escaped swine from shooting preserves and breeding facilities. The Wildlife Services (WS) program in New York continues its management of these populations to eliminate them and the damage they cause.

Wildlife Services personnel have acquired access to 35 properties, comprising over 17,000 acres, in Cortland, Onondaga, and Tioga Counties to conduct feral swine management. In all, WS identified 43 individual swine, traveling either alone or in groups, and removed 40 of them by trapping 35 with corral traps and shooting 5 from treestands. No feral swine were captured or killed in Cortland County or Tioga County, and 3 feral swine were detected on trail cameras in Tioga County.

Feral swine are highly mobile disease reservoirs and can carry at least 30 viral and bacterial diseases in addition to 37 parasites that affect people, pets, livestock, or wildlife. WS performed disease surveillance by testing captured feral swine for classical swine fever (CSF), swine brucellosis (SB), pseudorabies (PRV), swine influenza (SIV), Hepatitis E Virus (HEV), and leptospirosis.

Other impacts that feral swine have had and potentially may have on the state of New York include natural resource (ecological) damage, agricultural damage, property damage, and threats to human health and safety.” (Executive Summary, New York 2012 Feral Swine Management Report)


Topics addressed in the report include:

Cooperating Agencies

Public Outreach


  • Population Reduction
  • Disease Surveillance


  • Population Reduction
  • Disease Surveillance

Impacts and Threats in New York

  • Natural Resource (Ecological) Damage
  • Agricultural Damage
  • Property Damage
  • Human Health and Safety


  • Management Challenges
  • Future Feral Swine Management in New York

An extensive literature review is also included.

Click here for a copy of the 2012 Feral Swine Management Report


For more information on feral swine in New York, contact:

Martin Lowney, CWB
State Director, New York
USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services
1930 Route 9
Castleton, NY 12033
(518) 477-4837