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Shawnee National Forest Closure Area Reopen to the Public

HARRISBURG – The Shawnee National Forest, in cooperation with USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection (APHIS) – Wildlife Services, has completed the feral swine (wild pigs) eradication operations in the Lusk Creek Wilderness and surrounding areas in Pope County, Illinois of the Shawnee National Forest.

The Lusk Creek Wilderness area and lands south of the wilderness area in Pope County, Illinois are reopened to the public after the operation was completed earlier than anticipated.

For more information concerning feral swine impacts or to report feral swine activity please visit or call APHIS Wildlife Services at toll free 1-866-4USDA-WS (1-866-487-3297).

The Shawnee National Forest and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection (APHIS) – Wildlife Services want to thank the public for their understanding.