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Navy plans to evict pigs from its Guam property

And the porky remains are going to the dump, not your dinner table

As this picture from Northwest Field at Andersen AFB shows, feral deer, like their fellow ungulates,

pigs, strip undergrowth, causing a variety of problems, including erosion.

U.S. Naval Base Guam has entered into a cooperative agreement with White Buffalo Inc., a registered non-profit conservation organization, to remove non-native feral pigs from its property. This project, according to the Navy, will decrease negative impacts on Guam’s ecosystem and improve the natural habitat of native species.

The project, running from November 2017 to the end of May 2018, seeks to remove all feral pigs from the Navy’s Main Base in Santa Rita. High population densities of feral pigs have devastating effects on the environment, impacting native species and causing large scale erosion.

Feral pig removal will help protect Guam’s coral reefs from siltation deposits and protect native plant species. Feral pigs on Guam also harbor leptospirosis which can be a serious bacterial infection in humans.

The Navy funded project is a cooperative agreement through the University of Georgia and the non-profit company White Buffalo Inc. which has many years of experience conducting conservation and animal control. Because safety is paramount, all actions, at all times, will be coordinated with NBG Security.

Due to U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations, the distribution of feral swine meat to the public is prohibited. Pig carcasses will be disposed at the Layon landfill.


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