Dr. Janaki R.R. Alavalapati, Dean
School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences
3301 Forestry and Wildlife Building
602 Duncan Drive
Auburn, Alabama 36849-3418
M.S. Seminar: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Maj. Prof, Dr. Chris Lepczyk
Title: Stakeholders Perspectives on Wild Pig and Management in Alabama
Location: Dixon Conference Room
Date: Friday, November 2, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m.
As a species of global concern, the wild pig (Sus scrofa) is a detrimental invasive species with negative economic, public and ecological health impacts. Despite the well-known negative impacts associated with wild pigs, little is known about the human dimensions of wild pig management and policy. To address this issue, my research goal was to determine stakeholders’ perspectives towards wild pig management. Specifically, I sought to evaluate stakeholder perspectives on the potential use of toxicants and understand wild pig management effort on privately owned lands, the perceived impact of wild pigs, and policy beliefs. To address these questions, I surveyed farmers, hunters, and forestland owners across the state of Alabama. Overall, my findings suggest stakeholders are generally accepting of toxicant use in wild pig management. Stakeholders believe wild pigs have negative economic, public and ecological health impacts. However less than half of landowners participate in wild pig control, but believe that the responsibility of managing and paying for damages associated with wild pigs lies with individual landowners. Findings from this research informs managers and policy makers that improved wild pig management would be supported by the majority of stakeholders.