North Dakotans urged to report pig sightings after farmer attacked

Apr 17, 2023

A feral pig that was recently reported in Nelson County, North Dakota has been determined to be a stray domestic pig after being examined by authorities. Ryan Powers, with USDA Wildlife Services, examined the carcass and made the determination. The pig was destroyed after it reportedly charged a farmer in his yard.

"If you encounter a pig at large, do not attempt to capture or engage with the animal," State Veterinarian Ethan Andress said. "If approached, they can be dangerous. They have poor eyesight and can respond unpredictably."

Though this pig was likely an escaped domestic pig, feral swine have occasionally been reported in the state in the past and have recently been reported in neighboring states. 

"Feral swine are a growing concern in many parts of the country, not only to public safety, but also due to their ability to spread disease and cause damage to crops and property," Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said.

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