Feral Hogs

Feral Swine (also called feral hogs and wild pigs) sounders have recently been reported in the outlying areas, and occasionally within the residential areas of Timberon.  They do an incredible amount of damage, carry diseases that can spread to livestock, and are a threat to public property, native ecosystems and human health.

 

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These feral hogs are an invasive (not native to the United States) species, and can multiply at an alarming rate.

Signs of feral swine infestation are shown in the examples below.  They root up pasture irrigation to create wallows, rub off the lower bark of trees to scratch parasites, and rip up gardens and nice soft landscaped areas.

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The Feral Swine Specialist in Otero County is Chuck Thompson (936) 524-4212. Chuck appreciates any and all reports of feral hog sightings, or reports of feral hog damage in the area, and will respond quickly. You can contact him via the information below, or pick up a Feral Swine Damage and Disease Threats brochure at the Timberon Development Council office.

A note from Brian Archuleta 3/20/2017:
We are still removing Feral Hogs from Otero County, most recently (22) from the Pinon area, (1) 250 lb female south of Timberon. We will continue to work Otero County for Feral Hogs until Sept 2017. Our funding will run out then. We are searching for additional funding sources to continue the program.

Contact information for Feral Hog issues
Brian Archuleta
Supervisory Wildlife Biologist
USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services
500 N. Richardson Ave
Fed Bldg Rm 127
Roswell, NM 88201
eMail Brian Archuleta

To report sightings of feral swine, please use the documents below:
FERAL SWINE SIGHTING REPORT TIMBERON 716 (Word document) can be filled out online and e-mailed.
FERAL SWINE TIMBERON 716 (pdf) can be printed, filled out and mailed, or scanned and e-mailed.
Thank you!

Information about Feral Hogs in New Mexico can be found at the USDA APHIS website.