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According to the Michigan DNR, a number of feral pigs have been spotted along rail corridors in Wayne county, some as far east as Hamtramck Assembly and the Dequindre cut.
“At first we were surprised to find them in urban areas but feral swine easily adapt to their surroundings and can travel great distances in search of food sources. They likely migrated along the I-94 and other rail corridors during the winter. They’re becoming a real problem for us”, says Ken Thompson, a biologist with the Michigan DNR.
The Michigan DNR says hunters with a valid hunting license of any type are encouraged to shoot feral swine (free-ranging wild pigs).
“Hunters, as always, have to be certain of their targets before shooting”, said Alan Marble, Bureau Chief of the DNR Law Enforcement Division. “Feral swine are unfamiliar targets to most Michigan hunters, and sportspersons need to make sure they are shooting at hogs and not black bear, dogs, or any other animal.”
The Michigan DNR asks if you see or shoot any feral swine to please contact one of the following:
- DNR at (517) 336-5030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- MDA at 1- (800) 292-3939 and press “4″ for the Animal Industry Division
- USDA Wildlife Services at (517) 336-1928.
For more information on how to obtain a hunting license, please refer to the Michigan DNR’s pages on Hunting Licenses.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources: Feral Swine Information
Photo: Directorate of Public Works , Environmental Division Website, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri