Sixteen feral hogs intended to be hunted on a big game ranch, have been euthanized to stop the spread of pseudorabies.
The hogs, along with 20 exotic sheep, were seized on Nov 17th by the state wildlife and agriculture officials. They were on their way to The Little Creek Ranch, a high fence ranch in Collbran where patrons can hunt buffalo, elk and pigs. The sheep were returned to Texas.
Testing of existing hogs on the ranch has shown that some have tested positive for pseudorabies. Ranch managers have reached an agreement with the state that calls for all hogs on the ranch to be euthanized by the ranch owner. The carcasses will be inspected by Colorado Department of Wildlife and then transported to a disposal location.
Psuedorabies is a viral disease most prevalent in swine and can not be transmitted to humans. It is however a threat to domestic pets and small wildlife and can cause death in cats and dogs.