Squeal on Pigs: Feral Swine Campaign
The states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho have identified feral pigs as an immediate concern. Using an Early Detection Rapid Response approach, by reporting sightings to the multi-state Squeal on Pigs phone line, is an effective way for Oregon invasive species manager to identify populations and eradicate them before they spread or increase.
What to do if you see pigs or evidence of pigs?
- Feral swine are not tame and can be aggressive.
- Their damage often looks like patches of freshly plowed ground.
- The 2009 House Bill 2221 requires that landowners and land manager notify the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife when they become aware of free roaming feral swine on their property.
To help the states quantify populations and address specific populations of concern, and to follow Oregon law, report any feral pig sightings by calling the toll-free hotline, the Swine Line: 1-888-268-9219.
Why is Oregon concerned with Feral Swine?
Many feral swine are the result of escaped domestic pigs and as is the case with many invasive species, it is important that you do not let them loose.
- They reproduce quickly, indeed, the ODFW estimates that it would take a 70% harvest rate each year to maintain the population at its current level.
- In 2012, ODFW estimated that there are between 2,000 and 5,000 roaming the state.
- Large swine populations significantly disturb soils when feeding by digging and tearing up vegetation, paving the way for invasive plant seeds to become established.
- Omnivorous pigs can feed on sensitive wildlife in our natural areas.
- Feral swine are aggressive and can harbor diseases that could harm people if they made contact.