To more effectively address nationally the damage and disease risks associated with feral swine, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is considering implementing a nationally coordinated feral swine damage management program in partnership with states and tribes.

On May 23, APHIS’ Wildlife Services and Veterinary Services programs will host a scoping meeting to provide more information about a national approach to feral swine damage management and take comments from participating stakeholders.  Anyone who is unable to attend in person can join the meeting via a live Webcast.  Additional meeting information is available on the Wildlife Services' Web site at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage/feral_swine/index.shtml.

Feedback provided during the meeting will assist the agency in preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) to examine the potential impacts of alternatives for feral swine damage management.  Additional information regarding the EIS scoping process will be made available through a soon-to-be published Federal Register notice.

 

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Stakeholders interested in attending the scoping meeting (either in person or via the Webcast) must register in advance at the following link: https://web01.aphis.usda.gov/MeetingReg.nsf/WS_MtgRegistration?openform.

Registration will close at noon on May 22.

The Webcast will be presented from 1-5 p.m. EDT at 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD 20737 at the APHIS Conference Center. If you have additional questions about this meeting, please contact Kim Wagner at (608) 837-2727.

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