Oregon Field Guide reported on the problem of invasive feral pigs in Oregon in 2009. This video sums up the problem nicely: Feral pigs can wreak havoc on the landscape, hurt people and native wildlife, and spread disease. They multiply quickly, and Oregon (unlike California) still has a shot at eradicating them entirely. But hunters still like them, and private landowners have fueled the invasion by raising exotic pigs for hunting that wind up escaping into the wild.
In the Pacific Northwest, the environment is personal - it's where we live, work and play. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope will bring you news and insight on the region’s environmental issues. Site curator Cassandra Profita is an award-winning reporter with degrees in journalism and environmental studies.