Wild Boars, either escapees from sport hunting compounds or farms, have established themselves in the Catskills, posing threats to humans, crops and livestock. Hikers and farmers are cautioned to avoid these aggressive omnivores.
According to today’s Wayne Independent newspaper, “Currently, there are breeding populations of feral swine in both Sullivan and Delaware Counties. Most of the populations in New York can be traced back to escaped and abandoned Eurasian boars in captivity and hunting preserves.”
To learn what can be done to deal with this invasive species, informational meetings are being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County, as part of the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP), on April 8th, 1-3pm at the Hancock Town Hall, Hancock, and April 22nd, 5:30-7:30pm Liberty CCE office, in Liberty. Pre-registration and a $10 fee are required.
In addition, CRISP and USDA Wildlife Services will be co-hosting workshops on identification and reporting of Eurasian Boar in Delaware and Sullivan counties. Learn about the damages and dangers that these invasive species pose to private property and the environment, as well as what you can do to help.
From CRISP's website: “CRISP partners represent diverse stakeholders throughout the Catskill Mountain Region. Our mission is to promote education, prevention, early detection and control of invasive species to limit their impact on the ecosystems and economies of the Catskills.”
July 6-12 is New York Invasive Species Awareness Week. Besides wild boars, other invasive species listed for the region include: Giant Hogweed, which can cause serious burns; Asian Longhorned Beetle, damages trees: and the Emerald Ash Borer, which is decimating the Ash tree population in the Hudson Valley and Catskills as well as many other regions in the Northeast.
These and others are classified as invasive species in our area. You can learn how to identify them, control them, avoid them and map them on CRISP’s website.