EQUINUNK, PA –– Two wild boars were reportedly seen across the PA border near Braman Road last week. The “credible” sightings are being investigated by Warden Adriel …
EQUINUNK, PA –– Two wild boars were reportedly seen across the PA border near Braman Road last week. The “credible” sightings are being investigated by Warden Adriel Douglass of the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC).
The invasive animals are dangerous to the habitat, as the omnivores will destroy fields and kill and eat small wild animals.
According to Warden Douglass, the pigs have the potential to uproot an entire field in one night, as well as carry and transmit diseases to other local wildlife.
“They are not something that we want running around,” Warden Douglass explained. “The wild pigs are looking for friends and food.”
The latter is much easier for the wild boars to find, as their diet affords them a lot of variety in the wild.
“Wild boars are very mobile,” Warden Douglass said. “They will travel around a few miles, but will likely stay within or near the township, but they gravitate towards agricultural areas. The two reported sightings were about a mile apart.”
According to research, wild boars are more likely to be active at night.
The PGC is actively seeking information to uncover the whereabouts of the pigs. Once they can triangulate their location, they can move to the next step which involves trapping and destroying the invasive threat.
The public can help by reviewing any trail cam or security cam footage to see if the wild pigs have passed through. If seen, the number for the Northeast Regional Office of the PGC is 570-675-1143, but they request only reporting first-hand sightings.
“If you see a pig, you should avoid it as they can be aggressive,” Warden Douglass added. “Be mindful of outdoor pets, keep an eye on them to avoid any possible altercations.”
Although there is a low risk that these wild boars would cross the river between Pennsylvania and New York, the possiblity remains. If these, or any, wild boars are spotted in New York, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) phone number is 518-408-5852.
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