Summary and Frequently Asked Questions
Feral hogs are four-legged ecological disasters. They cause damage to wildlife habitat wherever they exist. The only place hogs should be found is within the confines or boundaries of their owner’s property as a livestock or domestic animal, where they are cared for according to all livestock or domestic animal regulations. Anywhere outside of these physical and regulatory boundaries they are a direct threat to our natural resources, environmental quality, and agricultural interests. Any feral hog (see definition below) found should be dispatched immediately, assuming you have permission and do so in accordance with all state and local ordinances. If you successfully shoot or trap any hogs, please the Virginia Wildlife Conflict Helpline toll-free at 1-855-571-9003 to report the situation. DGIF or USDA-Wildlife Services (USDA-WS) staff may want to take a blood sample of the animal(s) for our ongoing disease surveillance program. While shooting a feral hog on your property is not necessarily a bad thing if you have the opportunity, the DGIF strongly discourages recreational (sport) hunting of feral hogs, even if done so in the name of control, because it does not work to control populations and actually leads to more feral hogs. The seemingly innocent act of attempting to hunt feral hogs for eradication or control purposes unintentionally feeds the growing feral hog problem in Virginia. Feral hogs create interest in feral hog hunting. Increased overall interest in feral hog hunting in Virginia is leading to more and more new populations through human actions that introduce feral hogs to new areas.