While it is uncommon to come across feral pigs in North Dakota, it can happen. The State Game and Fish Department reminds landowners and hunters who might come across feral pigs this fall, that shooting them is illegal, unless a person is protecting property or livestock.
Casey Anderson, assistant chief of wildlife for Game and Fish, said feral swine have been documented a number of times since 2007. “It is possible for a hunter to come across one, and it is important to know you can’t shoot them,” Anderson said. “Instead, the State Board of Animal Health must be contacted immediately.”
A landowner may eliminate wild pigs on his or her land if they pose an immediate threat, but must contact the BOAH within 24 hours. The landowner must follow any instructions given by the board regarding the handling, preservation and disposal of the carcass.
Anyone who observes or suspects the presence of feral pigs should call the BOAH at 701-328-2655, Game and Fish Department at 701-328-6300, or USDA Wildlife Services at 701-250-4405.