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Hunters needed to root out feral swine this fall

November 05, 2011 at 12:22 PM

The State Journal-Register

Hunters are asked to report any sightings of feral swine this fall as state wildlife officials seek to slow the spread of the invasive animals.

The wild hogs are free-ranging and not under a livestock farmer’s control.

They compete with native wildlife for food and damage soil through rooting and feeding, which increases soil erosion and damages crops.

Feral swine are native to Eurasia but populations exist in at least 35 states, including Illinois. They have adapted since their introduction in the 1500s.

States with the highest numbers of wild pigs include, California, Florida, Oklahoma, and Texas. 

Stacey Solano, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said most of the wild hogs in Illinois are located in southeastern counties including Bond, Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Hamilton, Jasper, Lawrence and Wayne.

Other reports have come from Fulton, Knox and Henry Counties.
There also have been sightings in Sangamon, Christian and Macon Counties in central Illinois.

“There have been scattered reports in central Illinois,” Solano said. “They are not running rampant, but we are asking hunters to let us know if they spot them so we can help USDA keep track of them.”

Experts said the animals also carry at least 30 diseases that pose a risk for people, pets, wildlife and livestock.

Feral swine can prey on ground nesting birds, amphibians, reptiles and other wildlife. 

Hunters should report sightings to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Hunters with valid firearms cards may shoot feral swine with landowners’ permission.

Officials said wild hogs cause $1 billion in economic losses nationally each year. 

Call the DNR division of wildlife resources at (217) 785-2511 to report a sighting.

For more information, visit the USDA’s feral swine page at:

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Wild hogs are here to stay.  I understand their affects and hate to see things get bad for native wildlife but we are already forced to embrace Pheasants as if they are native…so why no a pig?!?!?!  Our own state released Mule deer bucks without telling anyone over 30 years ago and elk are next on the list. Wolves, cougar and bear are popping up all over…what not a pig.  They are tough and fun to hunt and the best table fair out there.  NOBODY has ever stopped their advance, so get ready people.  Report them so they can waste resources shooting at them and spreading them faster!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/06 at 07:07 AM

Those counties listed are close to my county. (Clark) and I have heard rumors of guys here getting trail cam pics of some wild pigs.If they’re in nieghboring counties, i’d say there’s a good chance they could be here.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/06 at 07:18 AM

I know many people who have killed and continue to see wild hogs of many varieties in the area around the Spoon River from Bernadotte to Table Grove and on up past Seville in Fulton County. They’ve been established there for many years.

Posted by JMcCullum on 11/06 at 03:29 PM

Better bone up on some good pig up the Webber!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/07 at 08:12 AM

“NOBODY has ever stopped their advance”

Wildbill….you are wrong, they have been eradicated in some states already. We need to stop them now before they get further established and it takes more resources & time to eradicate them.  I attended a meeting in Springfield about a 1 1/2 that dealt with only this very issue.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/07 at 09:26 AM

Just curious what states had them and has been successful in totally eradicating them 100 % ?  What methods did they use? Sounds like IL. better call them up and get some info !

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/07 at 01:43 PM

IF I remember right, it was Kansas.
Our IDNR is way ahead of you. They have been working with the USDA on this issue for years. There are a lot of groups, orgs, agencies, universities, individual, ect….working together on this important issue.

No one thing works on totally eradicating hogs. It takes lots of different methods. Trapping, shooting, night shooting, hunting, aerial shooting, snares, hunting with dogs, ect….

It is well talked about in the info at USDA’s web site, that is linked above.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/07 at 09:29 PM

They are also creating newer & tougher laws plus increasing penalties, loss of hunting privileges, jail time, ect…for idiots that bring hogs into IL.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/07 at 09:33 PM

I stuck five in one sitting in Johnson County a few years ago….......Then had to call for help. Out of arrows and the survivors were UNHAPPY!!!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/08 at 02:10 PM

Murdy….most states DNR’s (including ours,) are not regulating hog hunting. It has to do with federal laws that pertain to no net loss of hunting ( complicated ).
So you can kill them year round. I also know the state wants these things gone, so if you are on public ground hunting something else, you would probably be aloud to kill any hogs you get a shot at. 
Check with any site, to be sure though !

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/08 at 09:39 PM

Think about this .......... for years (100+) when Illinois was first settled ALL hogs were allowed to freerange . They roamed the woods and hills and in the fall they were rounded up for butchering . They were basically lttle different from these feral hogs we are dealing with today .

Somehow they were all rounded up or killed over the years because they were absent from our timbers in the 50’s,60’s,70’s,80’s, and 90’s.

So why cant we seem to do it today ?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/09 at 08:00 AM

Lowtecher you are wrong about hogs being absent.I was shooting hogs with a bow in the early 90’s in Fulton Co.You don’t want these things running wild!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/09 at 09:01 AM

there was not a hog problem in south central illinois until the last decade . This is a recent problem . Not one thats been brewing for 50 years. Maybe in your county it started in the 90’s but in fayette county this thing started about 5 years ago . The local biologists are certain that some moron released a number of hogs because he thinks it is cool to have some hogs to hunt . They know who the moron is ,but they cant prove it in court.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/09 at 11:24 AM

my point about the freerange hogs is this ......... they were eliminated in this area once ...... it should be possible to do it again .

We have to remember that in the 30’s 40’s etc there were LOTS of small farms in Illinois .And nearly every farmer also hunted to supplement his diet. Ahow27ny hogs showing up where they werent welcome were quickly turned into sausage . Today the majority of hunters live in urban areas or small towns. they are not full time country folks ,therefore they are not always nearby with a gun or bow when the hogs show up .

Hogs have the habit of not just showing up during bow or gun season .They are year round hogs and it will take year round attention to cure this problem.
Sorry boys and girls but hunters are not the answer to this . It will take a well coordinated effort with farmers,DNR ,hunters and rural non hunter residents to solve this.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/09 at 08:44 PM

I was doing some research on this subject today and turned up this trailer for a video by Mississippi State University. That take home quote is: “SImple control by hunting or trapping is not enough. With over two million hogs in Texas we’re not going to barbecue our way out of this problem.”

Posted by Chris Young on 11/09 at 09:39 PM

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