The European Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) is established as an exotic species in the majority of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Invasion into the southwestern corner of the park occurred during the late 1940's (Bratton 1974) after release or escape of boar from hunting preserves in North Carolina (Jones 1959). The National Park Service has regarded the boar as an undesirable exotic and has attempted control since 1959.
The purpose of this study plan is to evaluate past research pertaining to the boar and to incorporate that with management objectives of the National Park Service into a comprehensive, problem-solving research program.
Broad objectives of the research are:
Last Updated: 24-Aug-2009