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Eurasian Boar Eradication

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Hunting or Trapping Eurasian Boars is Illegal in New York State.

Eurasian boars, also known as feral swine, are a destructive invasive species that damage habitat and crops, and threaten native wildlife and domestic livestock. DEC is working with USDA to eradicate these animals from the state’s landscape. To ensure maximum effectiveness of Eurasian boar eradication efforts, the Eurasian boar law and regulation have resulted in the following changes in New York:

  • It is illegal to hunt, trap or take free-ranging Eurasian boar.
  • It is illegal to import, breed or release Eurasian boars.
  • It is illegal to disturb, destroy, open, obstruct or interfere with any DEC/USDA Eurasian boar trap.
  • It is illegal to release or remove any Eurasian boar caught in a DEC/USDA trap.
  • After September 1, 2015, it will be illegal to possess, sell, distribute, trade or transport Eurasian boars.

Q. If I see a Eurasian boar while I am deer hunting can I shoot it?

A. No, it is illegal to hunt or trap free-ranging Eurasian boars in New York. Report any animal that you think might be a Eurasian boar to the nearest DEC regional wildlife office (see Important Numbers) or e-mail us (fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us). Try to get a picture of the animal and include it with your report. Include a description of the animal, how many you saw and the exact location (county, town, distance and direction from an intersection, nearest landmark, etc.).

Q. Can I hunt Eurasian boars at an enclosed Shooting preserve in New York?

A. Yes, you can continue to hunt Eurasian boars at enclosed shooting preserves until September 1, 2015. After that date it will be illegal for these facilities to possess live Eurasian boars.

Q. I own a farm and some wild pigs are destroying my crops. I think they might be Eurasian boars. Can I shoot them?

A. Maybe. If they are domestic pigs that likely escaped from a nearby farm do not shoot them and try to find the owner. If they are Eurasian boars, there are provisions in the regulation that would allow you to shoot these animals if they are damaging property you own or occupy. Contact a DEC Regional Office to determine if a permit is needed to shoot nuisance or destructive Eurasian boars on your property.

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