Illegal Transport of Feral Swine into Oklahoma


Illegal Transport of Feral Swine into Oklahoma

This week authorities from the Investigative Services Division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol apprehended individuals for violation of the Feral Swine Control Act. Acting on an anonymous tip received on Sunday, March 15, 2015, Investigative Services agents stopped multiple vehicles that were illegally transporting feral swine from Texas across the Oklahoma border.

The feral swine in question had been purchased at a two-day Texas hog baying event and were being taken into Oklahoma to be released. No person shall import feral swine into this state unless the live feral swine are going directly to a slaughter facility in a sealed trailer and accompanied by a USDA VS 1-27 permit for the movement of restricted animals. Illegal importation of feral swine into the state is a felony.

The 120 feral swine that were confiscated by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry were euthanized and properly disposed of.  Over 50% of the feral swine tested positive for pseudorabies. The feral swine had also been treated with sustained release oxy-tetracycline as well as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agent due to the injuries they sustained during the hog-baying event in Texas.  One of the drugs used to treat the feral swine before transport is not approved for use in swine. 

The Investigative Services Division of ODAFF is currently conducting the criminal investigation with the intent to present felony charges to the District Attorney in McCurtain County for violation of the Feral Swine Control Act. The case has also been referred to USDA-APHIS for Interstate Transport Violations.

 In 2008 the Feral Swine Control Act was passed in Oklahoma as a way to address feral swine facility and transporter licensing.  Feral swine pose a serious threat to agricultural producers and property.  They will eat and destroy crops such as corn, milo, wheat, hay, watermelon and peanuts.  Known predators, they will also prey upon young livestock and other small animals.

In addition to the damage feral swine cause they are also known to carry or transmit more than 30 diseases that can be contracted by livestock, people, pets and wildlife.  The feral swine that were illegally transported into Oklahoma from Texas tested positive for pseudorabies which causes particular concern for all livestock producers in the area. The State of Oklahoma has eradicated pseudorabies and brucellosis from the domestic livestock industry but the diseases are still carried and transmitted by the feral swine population. Pseudorabies is a viral disease in swine that that can be transmitted to other mammals including dogs, cats, cattle, sheep and goats and is usually fatal in these hosts.  Several of the confiscated feral swine also tested positive for brucellosis, another dangerous disease that affects both livestock and humans

For more information regarding feral swine, or to report illegal activity visit:  www.ag.ok.gov/ais/feralswine.

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