Landowner Preferences for Wild Pig Management in Illinois

Craig A. Miller, Erin Harper, Michael Mengak, Jerry J. Vaske

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Wild pigs are an invasive species across North America, causing widespread ecological damage. Wild pigs are present in the state of Illinois, USA, but populations are lower than those in most other states. These lower levels are due in part to aggressive management actions and the later arrival of pigs in the state compared to, for example, those from the Southeastern portions of the USA. We surveyed 5,320 landowners owning ≥1 acre (0.4 ha) to determine their attitudes toward wild pigs and preferences for management actions on their lands and in the counties in which they live. We received 3,035 (58%) useable responses. Few (2.7%) of respondents observed wild pigs on their land, yet a majority (84.1%) agreed that wild pigs should be eliminated whenever possible. When presented with 4 different management options (removal using dogs, targeted shooting over bait, trap and remove, aerial shooting) in the county where they lived and on their land, respondents favored targeted shooting over bait. Acceptance of all management options decreased when asked about their own lands compared to the county in which they lived. We will discuss our findings relative to management efforts by Illinois Department of Natural Resources and efforts in other states in the USA.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIWMC2015 ABSTRACTS: Vth International Wildlife Management Congress
StatePublished - 2015


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