Elk NetworkWild Pigs on Verge of Invading Montana

General | May 31, 2019

It’s usually a good thing when you see a group of wild mammals on the landscape. That’s because you’re usually talking about elk, deer or other wildlife pleasing to the eye. However it seems bad news may soon be unleashed on Montana’s northern border where Canadian wild pigs are reportedly gathering.

“Oh, absolutely it’s a concern,” Stephanie Hester, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation invasive species outreach coordinator, told the Billings Gazette. “So they are getting very, very close and we are very concerned.”

Surveillance photos last showed wild pigs only five miles from Montana.

Feral hogs are extremely destructive and have the ability to produce two liters per year. They eat both plant and animal matter and are known to destroy corn, wheat, potatoes, watermelon and other crops

Montana already has a law on the books that prohibits introducing wild pigs into the state in an effort to prevent anyone from feeding, trapping, hunting or making any kind of profit from them.

(Photo source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)