Feral Swine in Michigan

Feral Swine in Michigan (ADV)
Tim Wilson, USDA Wildlife Services

Feral swine can cause considerable damage to property and pose a disease threat to domestic animals. The rooting activities of feral swine can cause serious erosion to wetlands and damage to agricultural crops. These destructive animals have been known to tear through livestock fences, consume animal feed and prey upon small livestock. Feral swine are also known to prey upon wildlife, especially ground nesting birds, small mammals and fawns. USDA Wildlife Services has been working with the MI Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, Natural Resources, Michigan State University, and the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy to locate feral swine. Technical assistance and traps are made available to landowners who want to trap these animals. Efforts are made to educate the public that the perils of feral swine far outweigh any potential positive recreational benefits.

Tim Wilson, USDA Wildlife Services
Tim Wilson has worked as a wildlife biologist with USDA Wildlife Services since 2001. He has been involved with coordinating Wildlife Services involvement with feral swine in Michigan since 2004. In addition, he is involved with coordinating wildlife hazard mitigation activities on airports, control of double-crested cormorants, nuisance Canada geese, and other conflicts between wildlife and humans. Tim received a BS in fisheries and wildlife from Michigan State University, and an MS in wildlife ecology from Mississippi State University.