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Swine line lets you squeal on a feral pig

Oregon Fish and Wildlife staffers dubbed this sow feral pig Judas after it was captured in 2010 and fitted with a GPS tracking device on a harness specially designed for pigs. Judas then led officers to its fellow swine so shooters could eliminate the invasive species.  (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)
Oregon Fish and Wildlife staffers dubbed this sow feral pig Judas after it was captured in 2010 and fitted with a GPS tracking device on a harness specially designed for pigs. Judas then led officers to its fellow swine so shooters could eliminate the invasive species. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

INVASIVE WILDLIFE -- S-R Boise reporter Betsy Russell smelled the bacon for today's front page story on the tri-state campaign to keep feral pigs from the wilds of Idaho, Washington and Oregon.

The gist of the story is that feral pigs are tremendously destructive to the land, wildlife habitat and wildlife itself, including upland birds.  We don't need another pain in the butt non-native critter out there, even on the outside chance that they'd give wolves a reason to leave the elk alone.

Here's the SWINE LINE to report sightings of feral swine in Washington, Idaho or Oregon: call toll-free (888) 268-9219.

Read Andy Walgamott's Northwest Sportsman story on the recent history of Washington-Oregon efforts to keep feral pigs from taking hold in the Pacific Northwest, including the radio collaring of a pig dubbed Judas, which led Oregon authorities to its kin so they could be rendered into something like a Jimmy Dean sausage.

 

 

 




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Rich Landers
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