Squeal on Pigs
Squeal on Pigs! Call 888-268-9219.
Protect our water and land from feral pigs.
The states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho are urging people to report any feral pig sighting by calling a toll-free, public hotline, the Swine Line: 1-888-268-9219. The states hope the hotline will help them eradicate and curb the spread of feral pigs and provide a better sense of the number of pigs here.
The pigs tend to forage in areas around rivers and streams, and their trampling and destructive rooting behavior - often compared to rototilling - causes erosion, spread of noxious weeds, loss of crops, and harm to fish habitat. In Washington, they are classified as one of the Invasive Species Council's 50 priority species.
Oregon officials estimate that as many as 5,000 wild pigs are roaming the state, most having migrated from California where there estimated to be 70,000 pigs. There are no known established populations in Washington, though individual feral pigs have been reported over the years. In Idaho, biologists are working to eradicate a small population in the Bruneau Valley.
Early detection and rapid response are the keys to success. Eradicating small populations and minimzing the impacts of these invasive species are important to protect the economy and natural resources of the region.
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