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Published November 20 2012

North Dakotans asked to report feral swine

BISMARCK – North Dakota animal health and wildlife officials are urging anyone who observes feral swine, also known as wild pigs, or suspects their presence to report the animals immediately.

“Feral swine threaten domestic pigs and other livestock because they can carry diseases such as brucellosis, tuberculosis, pseudorabies and swine fever,” said Dr. Susan Keller, the state veterinarian. “They can also destroy crops and property.”

Keller said wild pigs occasionally have been reported in the state in the past and recently have been reported in neighboring states. To report a sighting, contact the veterinarian’s office at (701) 328-2655 or the North Dakota Game and Fish Department at (701) 328-6300.