A new regulation that prohibits hunting or trapping of free-ranging Eurasian boars in New York state has been formally adopted, said state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens.
The regulation is designed to ensure maximum effectiveness of DEC’s statewide eradication efforts.
“Enacting a statewide regulation was important to support DEC’s ongoing work to remove this invasive species from the state and to ensure that it does not become established in the wild anywhere in New York,” Martens said.
“Eurasian boars are a great threat to natural resources, agricultural interests, and private property and public safety wherever they occur and DEC will continue to work to protect these resources and remove wild boars from the state,” he said.
Eurasian boars were brought to North America centuries ago and wild populations numbering in the millions are now present across much of the southern U.S.
In recent years, wild boar populations have been appearing in more northern states too, often as a result of escapes from enclosed shooting facilities that offer “wild boar hunts.”
It already is illegal to bring boars into the state. However, there are already small numbers of Eurasian boars on the landscape in New York.
Since 2000, wild boars have been reported in many counties across the state, and breeding in the wild has been confirmed in at least six counties (Tioga, Cortland, Onondaga, Clinton, Sullivan and Delaware) in recent years.
DEC is working closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program to remove any Eurasian boars that are reported in New York. To date, more than 150 animals have been captured and destroyed. However, eradication is expensive, time consuming and requires a great deal of manpower.