Sixteen feral hogs destroyed after disease discovered

Hogs tested positive for pseudorabies, a contagious viral disease that can cause abortions in hogs.

Sixteen feral hogs that tested positive for pseudorabies were killed last week by state wildlife and agriculture officials as part of an ongoing investigation at a Collbran ranch.

Little Creek Ranch remains under quarantine following the Nov. 17 discovery of a livestock trailer carrying the feral hogs along with 20 exotic sheep. Feral hogs are illegal to possess or transport in Colorado, and the driver of the truck did not have required transport or importation permits.

The sheep were returned to Texas, their state of origin.

Some feral hogs already at Little Creek Ranch tested positive for pseudorabies, a contagious viral disease that can cause abortions in hogs. The disease is considered a serious threat to commercial hog operations. Pseudorabies also poses a threat to domestic animals and wildlife.

Ranch managers agreed to euthanize all hogs on the property, which operates as a licensed commercial wildlife park.

The Division of Wildlife quarantine means no animals, alive or dead, may enter or be removed from the ranch until further notice.

“Our primary goal at this point is to contain pseudorabies,” DOW spokesman Randy Hampton said. “Because we have not dealt previously with this disease, its impacts on native wildlife are unknown.”

Because the case continues under investigation, DOW officials are not saying where the livestock trailer originated, where it was stopped for inspection or how state officials knew the truck was coming into Colorado.


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