Bruneau Valley of Owyhee County has the dubious distinction of being the new home to the "Feral Hog". Bad News!
According to an article on the Capital Press - The West's Ag Website , feral pigs have been spotted by wildlife cameras in the Bruneau Valley south of Mountain Home, Idaho. This is bad news for Idaho as they can spread disease, rip up the landscape and can present a rather dangerous situation if you encounter one of these animals. This concerns me somewhat as I spend a good bit of time down the the Owyhee's.
Hopefully this invasive species sometimes called the European boar, wild boar, wild swine, feral swine or razorback will not gain a foothold in Idaho as they can be almost impossible to eradicate. If you do encounter a feral hog, I suspect it would be a good idea to report the sighting to the Idaho Department of Agriculture and/or Fish and Game.
You can read about the feral hog in the following websites
The Capital Press Article : http://www.capitalpress.com/results/CRD-feral-hogs-update-w-B-amp-amp-W-art--p-10-121109
Razorback Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Razorback
Texas Department of Agriculture : http://www.agr.state.tx.us/agr/program_render/0,1987,1848_5446_0_0,00.html?channel=5446
Texas A & M website : http://feralhogs.tamu.edu/
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