Feral Hogs Spreading Nationally

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With a reproduction velocity that might make even bacteria blush, feral pigs are spreading across the U.S. particularly the South. While hunting feral hogs has become quite popular it doesn't appear to be slowing the pig population down enough to stop the spread. Fox News is running a story on the pigs and the problems they cause.

“It's estimated there are at least 4 million of them nationwide, but it's impossible to count them all so there may be much more” said Carol Bannerman, a spokesman for the USDA Wildlife Services. Officials say they cause more than $8 million worth of damage every year. “That amount doesn’t include impact to the natural environment and native species, or to water” Bannerman said. One disease humans can get, she said, by coming in contact with the beasts bodily fluids is called "swine brucellosis," and is extremely painful.

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brent93's picture

I see at least 20-30 a day,

I see at least 20-30 a day, and they are tearing up yards and fields..You do not need a liscense to hunt them down here and it is encouraged to kill the hogs.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

That's a good article.  We

That's a good article.  We posted a few other links to it in the forums.

I like the fact that Michigan has a shoot on sight order, and anybody with any type of hunting license can shoot them.

Plus, coming soon, the right to shoot them in your yard, if I read that correctly.

numbnutz's picture

I'm very glad they havent

I'm very glad they havent spread to the NW yet, we do have a very smal population here in Oregon, I only hear about a handfull getting killed here every year. Right now we do not have a season or tags for them, the policy is kinda if you see one and have a hunting licence then shot the darn thing. They are much like yotes here, you can shoot them year round as many as you want just need a licence. but like i said we dont have very many at all. there are a few small pockets in centeral and south oregon that have them but most are on private property. If I ever had a chance at one I would love to take one.

groovy mike's picture

bring it!

"The pigs are most prevalent in the South, where the climate is most conducive."

Unfortunataely that is too true.  They make reference to feral hogs in New York, but that must be some far southern portion of the state (Long Island?).

 I can only hope that some strain of hogs is hardy enough to weather my local winters, but with 2 + feet of snow on teh ground for months I just don't see it happening.  Pioneers in most of New York state have had a hard time getting their pigs to survive let alone go feral.  They are prey to bear but teh winter kill is the big factor.  Even the big russian boars that escape from high fence hunt operations don't seem to be able to hack the winters in upstate New York.  I know of at least ione attempt to release them in the more remote parts of the Adirondack's in teh hope that they would establish a breeding population before being shot out but the winters killed them long before they could be hunted out.

I'll just have to keep my hope of hunting local pigs in reserve until I move south after retirement!