Feral Swine (Wild Pigs)
Feral hogs (Sus scrofa) are the most prolific large mammal in the United States. Sows produce approximately 1.5 litters per year with 5-6 offspring per litter. They cause significant damage to crops and are known to carry pseudorabies and brucellosis.
Feral hogs pose a threat to the commercial swine industry as well as to human health. Wild appearing hogs being transported into Tennessee are subject to certain requirements.
Approved Forms of ID
The state veterinarian has approved the following forms of identification for feral, wild or wild-appearing swine being transported within Tennessee:
- USDA-approved metal ear tags or back tags;
- Ear notching when used on any swine, if the ear notching has been recorded in the book record of a purebred registry association;
- Tattos on the ear or inner flank of any swine, if the tattoos have been recorded in the book of a swine registry association;
- USDA-approved 840 microchips.