New legislation aimed at Eurasian Boar control
Arkville — The Catskill Center applauds Governor Cuomo for signing Eurasian Boar legislation. The new law prohibits the possession, import, introduction to the wild, and breeding of Eurasian boar. It addresses serious concerns about breeding populations discovered in the Catskills, and across the state, and imposes fines for noncompliance.
The Catskill Center’s Executive Director Alan White stated: “This law is an important step toward protecting the Catskill Region, and all of New York State, from the significant damage caused by this non-native species.”
Breeding populations of Eurasian boar have moved into the Catskill Region counties of Delaware and Sullivan and they have been sighted in Broome and Ulster counties. They are present in at least six other New York State counties.
The Eurasian boar causes tens of millions of dollars in damages a year nationwide. One farmer in Delaware County sustained over $15,000 worth of damage when a group of Eurasian boar ate an entire crop of corn seed. Herds follow streams in winter, eroding stream banks and contaminating water with giardia and leptospirosis.
The Catskills are home of the New York City Watershed whose streams funnel drinking water to over nine million people and the consequences of a Eurasian boar infestation are particularly grim.
More information on the Eurasian boar and next steps in managing this threat can be found at the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) Web site: www.catskillinvasives.com.
CRISP is a partnership of over 20 Catskill Region organizations working to manage the threat of invasive species in the Catskills, including the Eurasian boar. You can also visit the Catskill Center’s Web site: www.catskillcenter.org.