USDA to remove feral swine from Currituck Banks Reserve

By on April 20, 2018

The Currituck Banks Reserve will be closed to the public April 23-27 while the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program performs an aerial wildlife damage management operation for feral swine.

Listed as an invasive and destructive species, the wild hogs will be removed and the damage they’ve caused will be surveyed.

The North Carolina Division of Coastal Management is closing the reserve, located along the sound side north of Corolla village, during the operation which is taking place outside of the regular feral swine hunting season September to March.

All activities will be conducted in collaboration with reserve personnel, local law enforcement and other participating landowners.

Feral swine pollute and degrade water quality, reduce forest regeneration and kill or displace many kinds of native wildlife, according to a release from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

Additionally, they compete with native wildlife for resources, specifically food, habitat and water. Feral swine also prey directly on the nests, eggs and young of native ground nesting birds and reptiles.

For questions about the aerial operation, contact Gail Keirn, USDA public affairs specialist, at 970-266-6007. For questions related to the Currituck Banks Reserve, contact site manager Kate Jones at 252-261-8891.

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  • acumen

    An actual food source will be eradicated, but Cats will be left be. Dogs cannot run at large without having the owner charged and fined, or the animal captured and euthanized. Cats another domesticated animal can run amok without fear of law for people, while they’re killing birds that end up only closing federal areas for humans. Yet, feral pigs, an undomesticated animal & delicious commodity, will be eradicated.

    Probably some new Yanks to the area found them annoying,


    Friday, Apr 20 @ 8:24 pm
  • Sean

    Please see to it that they are not just disguarded. As they are very tasty!!!!!

    Saturday, Apr 21 @ 6:16 am
  • Weekend worker

    So what do they do with the animals after they kill them?
    If they lay around, don’t they attract coyotes?
    That’s kinda wasteful, and not thinking ahead.

    What’s the helicopter cost ? The problems that they site
    Like water quality and messing up crop lands.
    No one Farms or drinks the water in the area they’re
    wasting these animals in. ( remember your septic and well only have to be 50 feet apart. ).

    Also aren’t they shooting them where hunting takes place?
    So the Government is cutting us hunters out of game?

    I’m sure that we can come up with something else to spend money on.

    Saturday, Apr 21 @ 10:21 am
  • Door Gunner

    I just hope they will let us local folks participate.

    Saturday, Apr 21 @ 5:10 pm
  • James Foley

    feral hogs carry a bacterial disease called brucella suis[brucellosis]
    in the process of slaughtering feral swine the body fluids contain this bacteria. so hunters need to avoid contact with these body fluids by waring protective device[ gloves goggles etc] hog brucellosis can be fatal to humans. i read where florida has wild hog specific slaughter houses.
    so there must be some money in this meat resource[wild game meat]

    australia used to poison wild hogs with a type of rat bait. it is now banned.
    the usda is researching hog alternative poisons. the problem of non target species getting killed off is a concern.

    this subject of wild hog control measures is at least being brought to the publics attention. it also brings up lot of questions. maybe a local hunt clubs could be consulted also for their input.

    Saturday, Apr 21 @ 7:32 pm
  • Sean

    Good luck with that USDA. after thinking about this issue they will never get them all. Another government waste of
    OUR money.

    Sunday, Apr 22 @ 7:35 am
  • Sean

    Another thing to people who think these were brought here by hunters or proerty owners owners. GET YOU FACTS STRAIGHT….They got here from ship wrecks you fools they have been here ALL ALONG.

    Sunday, Apr 22 @ 7:44 am
  • Pat P

    If water quality is a concern, what about all the Cormorants, they turn the ocean white underneath themselves when rafted up.

    Sunday, Apr 22 @ 10:15 am
  • Tracy bass

    Ok when the say removed as in when the removed the Canadian geese from the town complex on Shortcut Rd?
    Let’s see if you walk up and see a few hundred dead geese just laying to rot would you be a little pissed off. I’m all for land management and if something is causing more harm than good . Ok so the hogs come in they do there damage wow we have an influx of coyotes move in someone gonna get eaten/ nope people over zealous let’s kill all the coyotes ok now back to square one hogs hearts continue to grow predator taken out. So back to the geese. Finally from complaints they chose to come in and removed the massacre carnage folks. Growth is happening so fast people are getting rich for not always the right reasons. If times get tough them hogs sure would be pretty appealing. I’ve seen the damage and it’s no worse than the trash stron along the highways in neighbor hoods Remember the brilliant persons names that come up with these ideas. Let the witch hunts begin. Call me I’ll cone take care of this the most human way possible, it may take a few months yet proper planing and some real thought this action could be more positive. Reminds me of the fella called said need some Hogg’s gone tearing up his crops well after I scouted it out there were hogs but most damage was from off road vehicles. Account for ever shot and count the numbers send them to the packing company and fed some folks that if your open to ideas. Yet I feel the turkey buzzards will be over stuffed . All this said They could surprise me. Has anyone seen a posting for this type of job ? Evaluate all in one day and we’ll we already know the decision has been made. See ya Hogg’s. Sorry pigs that wasn’t intended for you. Last thing why the heck do we always compare To what Australia did does or done have you been. I spent 45+ days in the outback there is no comparison stop listening to these folks that don’t have a clue. If you need some direction just Call and my trip was not a surf trip! I missed that. Wow long winded.

    Sunday, Apr 22 @ 7:25 pm
  • Tracy bass

    Auto correct really violates me!
    I request all video photos areas surveyed be public record for taking this action also the folks taking the action and how strategically and human all dang we know that will never happen. Did he say disease. What doesn’t? So if you don’t want the swine flu don’t be kissing no pigs, Your just setting yourself up! So let’s put the dogs on I’m so they can get bit contract this disease and spread it, or (sarcasm alert!) when your done with the dogs kill them? (Sarcasm)!!! Don’t need know dogs sure if there’s only a few when they run up on 29 30 somebody there’s gonna be a when I was a kid I looked up to government now local government has me shaking my head and looking down. Really last thing I’ve got the answer call Ted Nugent and that pig guy they can fly around in there helicopter with m60 machine guns and obliterate them all. And if you haven’t seen that video you should you tube.

    Sunday, Apr 22 @ 7:45 pm
  • Bud

    It’s the humans that are destroying the area!

    Monday, Apr 23 @ 6:45 am

    Wild horses will be next. Invasive, destructive, non-native species.

    Monday, Apr 23 @ 12:48 pm
  • dave

    Can I fire up the smoker yet?

    Wednesday, Apr 25 @ 1:50 pm
  • 102

    Sounds to me like around 15 or 20 years ago they had to many deer in Nags Head Woods. Used beaters like in Africa and pushed all the deer in an area that was more or less confined and let local gunners use semi-automatic rifles and shotguns take care of the problem. No meat left to use. Open the season up more and let qualified hunters take care of the problem. Hope the horses aren’t next.

    Thursday, Apr 26 @ 5:09 pm