Intrastate Movement of Live Feral Hogs
It is estimated there are over 1 million feral hogs in Florida today. They carry several dangerous transmissible diseases that can be passed on to domestic livestock and man, with Swine Brucellosis and Pseudorabies being two of the highly contagious diseases they can transmit. Brucellosis can be transmitted to domestic animals and humans alike. Feral swine trappers and hunters can contract Swine Brucellosis by handling infected tissue while Pseudorabies is extremely dangerous to dogs if bitten by a feral hog while hunting.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has established regulations as a means of controlling the spread of these and other diseases in the domestic swine population. Through these regulations, Florida has been able to maintain its status as Swine Brucellosis free and Pseudorabies free in its commercial production swine herds. Individuals trapping feral swine on public or state lands must register with the Department as a Feral Swine Dealer (FSD). The registered FSD will receive an identification card that must be carried when transporting live feral hogs. The dealer must also keep accurate records of all swine movements and make them available to any law enforcement officer or authorized agent of the Department upon request. These records must include movement date, where the animals were trapped, number of animals, and destination. The registered Feral Swine Dealer must limit relocation to areas or premises where there will be no direct contact with domestic swine herds. Final disposition of captured feral swine shall be restricted to (1) Movement to slaughter; (2) Movement to an approved Game Reserve; or (3) Movement to an Approved Feral Swine Holding Facility. If feral swine are held on private property, the premises must also be registered with the Department as an Approved Feral Swine Holding Facility (FSHF) and must meet certain requirements.
If you are interested in receiving a Feral Swine Dealer Card select the link (Feral Swine Dealer Application) below to print page two (2) of the application and send it to the Division’s Tallahassee office at 407 S. Calhoun St., Room 331 Mayo Building, Tallahassee, FL, 32399-0800. Keep a copy of the application with you while trapping (until you receive your card) as proof that you have applied to the program.
If you are applying for a permit for an approved Feral Swine Holding Facility, you must first have the facility inspected. Contact an inspector from the district office linked to your county (see map link below), or call the Division office in Tallahassee (850) 410-0900 to set up an appointment for your facility to be inspected. Please do not send in the application (page 1) for a Holding Facility without an inspectors’ signature. Feral Swine Holding Facility owners must also have the identification card.
Your card and/or certificate will be mailed directly to your home address. As both the identification card and the facility certificate are permanent; you only have to apply one time. If you lose your card, just call the main office (850) 410-0900 and we will mail you a new card. If you stop trapping or no longer have a holding facility please let us know and we will remove your name from our database.