What is Chronic Wasting Disease .. or CWD?

  • Posted on: 24 August 2014
  • By: bigdaddy

CWD is a progressive neurological (brain and nervous system) disease found in North American deer, elk, and moose. CWD belongs to a family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE's). CWD causes a characteristic spongy degeneration in the brains of infected animals, resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions, and ultimately death.

Do all states have wild feralo pigs and hogs?

  • Posted on: 24 August 2014
  • By: bigdaddy

Do all states have wild pigs?

We have recently classified the states with wild pigs into various categories for management planning purposes.

Fourteen states currently do not have wild pigs: AK, CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, MN, MT, ND, RI, SD, VT, WA, and WY.

Eight states have small isolated populations: CO, ID, IA, NE, NV, NH, NJ and UT.

Four states have established but stable populations: IN, KS, WV and IL.

Thirteen states have established and increasing populations: AZ, KY, MI, MS, MO, NM, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, VA and WI.

What are some good online resources of information on wild pigs and hogs?

  • Posted on: 24 August 2014
  • By: bigdaddy

BigDaddy says there are three (3) websites that can provide plenty of additional and good information:
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s wild pig website: http://feralhogs.tamu.edu
National Wild Pig Community of Practice website: www.extension.org/feral_hogs
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton: http://overton.tamu.edu

Do people understand the severity of the wild pig problem?

  • Posted on: 24 August 2014
  • By: bigdaddy

At one time, the wild pig issue was strictly considered to be an agricultural and rural issue in Texas. However, over the last decade, wild pigs have increasingly impacted urban/suburban areas of the state, and nation including all the major cities, by damaging greenspaces (i.e., lawns, parks, sports fields) and by increases in vehicular collisions causing damage to vehicles and in some cases humans. More urban Texans and others nationwide e now aware of the issues relative to wild pigs - even in Washington D.C. they're beginning to understand the severity of the problem.

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