Sometimes it seems like the Adirondacks just can’t catch a break. Harsh winters, big storms, a tough economy And now? Yup, feral pigs. That photograph was taken by New York state biologists in Peru, just on the fringe of the blue line.
Researchers say their population has already tripled, and could continue to triple every year unless they are eradicated.
But that’s no easy feat. Pigs are incredibly hard to hunt or trap. They’re smart, and they’re aggressive. And they are eating machines, gobbling up everything — from roots to baby birds — in their path.
They could dramatically change the forest ecology in the Park.
One wrinkle to this story is that people have strong suspicions about where the invasive animals came from. They were almost certainly released from a local farm in the Champlain Valley.
But there are apparently no clear lines of authority for investigating, ticketing or punishing the people responsible for introducing this latest invasive species.
State officials are scrambling to stop this outbreak, but so far our track record containing invasives is pretty poor. From the white nose syndrome fungus to Eurasian watermilfoil, this “living pollution” poses a dramatic challenge to the Adirondacks.