The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting this morning that state environment officials are still trying to contain an outbreak of destructive feral hogs around the town of Peru, on the fringe of the Adirondack Park.
“DEC is continuing trapping efforts for feral pigs on a number of parcels of land in southern Clinton County,” said David Winchell, spokesperson for DEC Region 5 at Ray Brook.
“A number of feral pigs have been captured in the past few weeks, including a larger mature male, a lactating female and piglets.”
Ray Brook recently received a report that a local resident had shot a feral sow that was or had recently been lactating, Winchell added.
The Conservation Department is discouraging hunting of the animals, because they’re afraid that it could cause them to scatter. The presence of lactating females and piglets is a concern because feral hogs can reproduce and grow their numbers rapidly.