Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
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Two Convicted In Separate Cases Of Illegally Importing Wild Pigs Into Kentucky

A Florida man pleaded guilty last week to three counts of
illegally importing and possessing wild pigs in Kentucky. State law
prohibits persons from possessing and importing wild pigs, or
releasing them to run free.

Teddy Wilburn King, 55, of Old Town, Florida, paid $300 in fines
plus court costs for bringing wild pigs into Kentucky from Florida.
King, who was originally charged on June 16, made his plea a week
later in McCreary County District Court.

Conservation Officer Travis Neal initiated the case after a
McCreary County resident killed an escaped pig and alerted Neal to
the presence of the animals.

King’s conviction followed a similar conviction last April. In
that case, Bryan Currey, 46, of Elkton, Kentucky, was convicted of
bringing about a dozen wild pigs into the state from Tennessee.
Currey, who was charged on January 7, intended to sell the wild
pigs to hunters. He pleaded guilty in Marshall County District
Court to one count of illegal importation of wild pigs. He received
a $300 fine and was ordered to pay court costs plus $250 in
restitution to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

Wild pigs have been established in relatively low numbers in a
handful of Kentucky counties for almost a decade. The numbers have
escalated in recent years – department officials have documented
the presence of wild pigs in 44 counties, including central

“In 2009, we had confirmed wild pigs in 23 Kentucky counties, so
their expansion has been dramatic,” said Wildlife Division Program
coordinator Steven Dobey. “Unfortunately, our research has revealed
that this rapid expansion is often the result of illegal releases
by people hoping to manufacture hunting opportunities.”

While the opportunity to hunt wild pigs is often glamorized by
the media, the negative consequences associated with these
non-native animals far outweigh any benefits. Wild pigs are an
incredibly destructive species, both for wildlife and farmers.

“Their presence is particularly disturbing because wild pigs
carry a host of diseases that can infect livestock, pets and even
people,” said Dobey. “They have incredible reproductive rates. They
destroy habitats. They simply out-compete native wildlife –
especially deer and turkey – for food.”

The department is committed to preventing wild pigs from
becoming further established and severely altering the landscape
for the state’s native wildlife. The public is urged to contact
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at 1-800-858-1549 during weekday working
hours to report any sightings, hunter kills, or releases of wild


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