- Associated Press - Sunday, November 8, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Wildlife officials in North Dakota are urging landowners and hunters to report any feral pig sighting.

Casey Anderson is assistant chief of wildlife for the state Game and Fish Department. Anderson says state law requires immediate reporting of wild swine sightings to help the State Board of Animal Health eliminate these nuisance animals.

Shooting feral pigs is illegal in North Dakota unless a person is protecting property or livestock.

The reminder of the reporting requirement comes as the deer hunting season begins. Anderson says the state has had numerous sightings since 2008.

Sightings can be reported to the department, the Board of Animal Health or the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services program in North Dakota.

Feral pigs can threaten domestic livestock, crops, public safety, natural habitat and wildlife.

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