BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials in Idaho, Oregon and Washington are launching a campaign aimed at stopping the spread of wild pig populations in the region.
Agriculture officials from those stats unveiled the "Squeal on Pigs" campaign Monday, hoping that public awareness will help thwart feral pig growth in the region.
Feral swine are identified as any pig not confined in fences, and their spread across the country is blamed for an estimated $1.5 billion in damage to crops, livestock and wildlife. Federal officials estimate more than 5 million feral pigs are roaming the country and pose a disease risk to humans.
Idaho Invasive Species Coordinator Amy Ferriter says early detection is critical to controlling population growth.
The three states have set up a hotline — or swine line — to report sightings.