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Hunting in Wisconsin: 3 Invasive Species to Wisconsin and Its Rules for Hunting Them

By    |   Thursday, 04 Jun 2015 03:48 PM

Invasive species have been introduced into Wisconsin through urban development, farming and recreational activities. Hunting in Wisconsin for invasive species carries fewer restrictions and regulations than with many native species.

These species can overwhelm native species and have a damaging effect on their environment. They often have no natural predators and do everything from destroy food sources for native species to spread diseases.

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources considers these three species invasive:

1. Russian Boar or European Wild Hog
These non-native swine pose serious health risks to domestic livestock and native animal species. They are also known to do extensive damage to native plants. The Wisconsin DNR will permit year-round hunting of any Russian boar or European wild hog if you are a landowner and this animal is on your property, you have a small game license or you have received DNR authorization to shoot that animal.

2. Feral Domestic Pigs
Feral pigs are defined as unprotected wild animals by the Wisconsin DNR. These pigs can adapt to almost any habitat and grow to several hundred pounds. There is no closed season or harvest limit for hunters.

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You can hunt feral pigs throughout the year if you possess a valid small game license and have obtained permission from the landowner where you are pig hunting. Landowners do not need a license to shoot feral pigs on their property.

3. Mute Swan
Originally brought to the United States as ornamental birds in the 1800s, mute swans were released into the wild over the years and, by the 1970s, established a resident population in Wisconsin. Mute swans have white plumage and orange bills.

Mute swans do not typically migrate long distances and are highly territorial. They will often attack other waterfowl and drive them out of feeding areas. They are also a danger to people and domestic pets.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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