Collbran ranch owner charged after feral hogs destroyed
The owner of Little Creek Ranch in Collbran, the ranch at the center of a November quarantine that resulted in the seizure of 16 feral hogs being transported to the property, has been cited by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Ranch owner Alan L. Baier was summoned to appear in Mesa County court Feb. 25.
He is charged with multiple counts of unlawful possession of a prohibited species, transportation of a state-listed detrimental species, failure to maintain fencing to required specifications, and failure to make records available for inspection when requested.
State officials on Nov. 17 stopped a livestock truck headed for the ranch with 20 exotic sheep and 16 feral hogs. Bringing feral hogs to Colorado is illegal. The livestock was impounded after the truck driver could not produce the required documents for transporting any of the animals.
All of the hogs on the trailer were euthanized, and Baier was ordered to kill the hogs on the ranch after they tested positive for pseudorabies. The sheep were returned to Texas.
Pseudorabies is a contagious viral disease spread primarily through animal-to-animal
contact. The disease can affect a variety of wildlife, domestic livestock and pets.
it’s particularly virulent in hogs, where it can cause abortion and deaths in breeding hogs.
The disease is considered a serious threat to commercial hog operations.