Kentucky Fish and Wildlife fighting problem of wild pigs being imported for hunting
July 01, 2011
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky officials say the presence of wild pigs is
expanding in the state, and they believe people are importing the
animals and releasing them to create hunting opportunities.
Two people have been convicted this year of bringing wild pigs into
the state, including one Florida man who pleaded guilty last week to
three counts of illegally importing the animals from his home state and
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says it has
documented wild pigs in 44 counties, up from 23 in 2009.
Fish and Wildlife officials say wild pigs are destructive for
wildlife and farmers and carry diseases that can infect livestock, pets
and even humans.
To report sightings, hunter kills or releases of wild pigs, contact
Fish and Wildlife at (800) 858-1549.
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