The trapping of feral swine is legal under the following conditions:
If conditions or situations arise that prohibit trapping under the conditions and terms described above, you may contact the WRC Communications Center at 1-800-662-7137 and request to be contacted by a local Wildlife Enforcement Officer to discuss other alternatives such as a Wildlife Depredation Permits. Depredation Permits may allow the trapping of feral swine outside of the above parameters. Depredation permits require demonstration of property damage, threat to human safety, or documented overabundance. Depredation permits will not allow the removal of live swine from a trap, that activity is prohibited by GS 113-291.12.
The goal of recent legislative changes and rule modifications is to make it easier to remove feral swine from the landscape and to prevent relocation and establishment of feral swine in areas they do not currently exist. These exotic non-native animals compete with native wildlife and pose significant threats to the environment and agricultural operations. The WRC will continue to evaluate opportunities to facilitate aggressive removal of feral swine.