European Wild Boar

Presented to you by Lauren F. and Allison L.

We believe that the European Wild Boar can and will be a major threat to the United States. This is why the National Invasive Species Council should spend their budget of $1,000,000 on eradicating the boar from the US. Find out why in this presentation.

Just the Facts

You need to know about the boar! Here are some simple facts:

  • Boars have dark long hair, white tusks, and slanted snouts
  • They can weigh up to 400 pounds!
  • Invasive boars are found in 39 states
  • They were first imported into the U.S. in 1500 for food; The Spanish let the pigs free though, and created the problem we have today
  • In the 1700's, people brought the pigs over for game hunting
  • They are wreaking havoc especially in Minnesota and Wisconsin
Picture: European Wild Boar. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 1 Nov 2013.
This video shows the destruction that European Wild Boars can do to the environment.

The Type Of Damage Done

Wild Boars carry several diseases such as swine brucellosis and trichinosis, which can be harmful to humans and animals alike. They also cause erosion by tearing up vegetation looking for food, which damages the ecosystem. Wild boars will also eat peoples crops and gardens. They will also show no mercy when it comes to competing with other animals for food! Find out more information in the StarTribune's article about the European Wild Boar

Extent of Damage

So far, there are 39 states out of the 50 that are dealing with European Wild Boars, especially Southern states. They reproduce quickly, with up to 3 litters a year. There are generally 14 babies in a litter, which means that in just 1 year, one pig can have 42 piglets. So far, thousands of trees have been destroyed.


Most experts are having a very hard time coming up with solutions. So far they have had one idea: hunting season opens on September 1st for deer. Why not hunt the wild boars as well? From now on, if anyone comes in contact with one, they have immediate permission to hunt and kill it. There are also people that are specifically looking to hunt wild boars.

In conclusion

The European Wild Boar, as you can see, is a very dangerous animal! This is why the NISC should spend their $1,000,000 on a species that is a problem for the USA and is a major threat.

Picture: WILD BOAR. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 1 Nov 2013.


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