State Wildlife Agencies to Hold Public Forum on Wild Pigs in California

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CDFW file image of a wild boar.

CDFW file image of a wild boar.

A press release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW):

Given ongoing concerns about California wild boars and the harm they cause, the California Commission on Fish, Game, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold a virtual public forum to discuss related issues and explore potential solutions that address and reduce problems.

The forum is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will be publicly available via a Zoom link. Everyone interested in participating in this important conversation should visit the Commission’s website (fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2022) to learn how to join the forum.”

“The committee and the CDFW have heard and understood the public’s concerns about California’s wild boar,” said Vice President Erika Zavaleta, chair of the Commission’s Wildlife Resources Committee. “Living with non-native invasive species such as wild boars can be challenging for people and other wildlife. This forum is an opportunity to learn more about those challenges and discuss how we can collectively address this reality.”

This public opportunity aims to spark a broader discussion about wild boar in California by providing a scientific framework that supports open and respectful discussion, educating each other on wild boar issues and examining potential solutions with many experts in the field. Adaptive and integrated strategies will be necessary to address the concerns.

“One of the great things about California is the abundance of open areas, natural habitats, and diverse wildlife,” said Scott Gardner, president of CDFW’s Wildlife Branch. But some non-native species, when introduced, can become very prolific and destructive over time. We look forward to a meaningful dialogue with residents, hunters, and anyone who has an interest in — or concerns about — wild boars in our state, so that we can work together on strategies to mitigate some of the problems.”

The forum will include two panels, one focusing on the issues and concerns associated with California’s wild boar (including animal health, wildlife health, ecosystem health, and economic impacts) and the second focusing on potential solutions to specific issues.

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