Working group succeeds in reducing Georgia’s feral swine population
In the state of Georgia, about $150 million in annual crop damage has been attributed to feral swine. Growers across the state have reported that feral swine damage increases with each crop season and that traditional methods of control, such as shooting, box traps and dog hunting, are no longer effective.
The Georgia Feral Swine Working Group is supporting the Georgia Department of Agriculture in its efforts to restrict the transportation and release of live feral swine and educate residents on proper control measures. The goals are to acquire and compare feral swine crop damage assessments, as well as intensively remove feral swine, reducing the population and associated damage.
The project succeeded in removing over 700 feral swine from more than 38,000 acres in 2017. These efforts represent a 50% increase in the number of feral swine removed and a nearly 700% increase in acreage from the previous year. The project also implemented one of the first instances of aerial gunning as a means of feral swine control on cropland.