And How You Can Stop It
These four-legged demolition teams are literally taking over, damaging nesting and brooding habitat and competing for food sources.
Feral hogs are not welcome on the Randle Farm. Since 2010, our Alabama county’s been a hotspot in their range expansion. We’re in an all-out war with pigs to salvage the habitat and our forage-management efforts. Alarmingly, reduced wild turkey numbers and nesting success have coincided with the pig population explosion.
This is not breaking news. An estimated 5 million feral hogs are rooting their way through 45 states. Damage and control costs exceed $1.5 billion dollars annually. Nature’s “rototillers” impact wildlife, native ecosystems, urban areas, timber and agriculture crops, pollute waterways, spread disease and prey on vulnerable wildlife. Wild pigs are intelligent, prolific and voracious omnivores, devouring just about anything, from rotting carrion to preying on a live fawn. Their hypersensitive snout rivals a whitetail’s, enabling them to find the eggs and young of ground nesters such as wild turkeys and quail. How do we know?
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