Facts about feral pigs, wild hogs, wild pigs, wild boar and feral hogs
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The wild boar (Sus scrofa) is the wild ancestor of the domestic pig. It is native in woodlands across much of Central Europe, the Mediterranean Region (including North Africa's Atlas Mountains) and much of Asia as far south as Indonesia, and has been widely introduced elsewhere. It is in the same Suidae biological family as the Warthog and Bushpig of Africa, the Pygmy Hog of northern India, Babirusa of Indonesia and others.
Wild boars have a confirmed maximum weight of 900 lb (400 kg) for adult males and can be up to 9 ft (2.7 m) long. If surprised or cornered they may become aggressive - particularly a sow with her piglets - and if attacked will defend themselves vigorously with their tusks. [When dogs are involved the sow will most always run and leave the piglets to scatter.]
The wild boar became extinct in Great Britain and Ireland by the 17th century, but wild breeding populations have recently returned in some areas, particularly the Weald, following escapes from boar farms. [In the US, feeding of the deer has greatly increased the ability of the wild pig to find food and thus stay healthy and increase in population. Also hunting ranches that bring feral pigs in for hunters, have allowed many to escape and gain strong footholds in areas that had no wild hog populations before. Some states actually have limits and seasons on wild pigs. In a few years, those same states will pay millions for wild pig removal after they get completely out of control. Florida only allows hunters to hunt wild pigs during deer season unless it is your land. What were they thinking! I have recently had calls from Michigan from landowners who are devoloping feral pig problems. From the heat of South Texas to the freezing cold of Michigan, these guys are everywhere.]
Wild or feral
The difference between the wild and domestic animals is largely a matter of perception; both are usually described as Sus scrofa, and domestic pigs quite readily become feral. The characterization of populations as wild, feral or domestic and pig or boar is usually decided by where the animals are encountered and what is known of their history. In New Zealand for example, wild pigs are known as "Captain Cookers" from their supposed descent from liberations and gifts to Māori by explorer Captain James Cook in the 1770s. [When pigs turn feral, they quickly go through a transformation by getting longer hair, longer snout and more muscular and lean. To the hunter, I would say this is a significant difference.]
The term boar is used to denote an adult male of certain species, including, confusingly, domestic pigs. In the case of wild pigs only, it is correct to say "female boar" or "infant wild boar", since boar or wild boar refers to the species itself. [If they oink, grunt or squeal and are unwanted, we don't care what you call them we hunt them.]
One characteristic by which domestic breed and wild animals are differentiated is coats. Wild animals almost always have thick, short bristly coats ranging in colour from brown through grey to black. A prominent ridge of hair matching the spine is also common, giving rise to the name razorback in the southern United States. The tail is usually short and straight. Wild animals tend also to have longer legs than domestic breeds and a longer and narrower head and snout. European adult males can be up to 200 kg (sometimes up to 300 kg in certain areas, particularly Eastern Europe) and have both upper and lower tusks; females do not have tusks and are around a third smaller on average.
A very large swine given the name Hogzilla was shot in Georgia, USA in June 2004. Initially thought to be a hoax, the story became something of an Internet sensation. National Geographic Explorer investigated the story, sending scientists into the field. After exhuming the animal and performing DNA testing it was determined that Hogzilla was a hybrid of wild boar and domestic swine. [Oddly enough, when wild pig hunting our dogs bark deeper, slower and quieter the larger the wild boar is. If they ran across Hogzilla, I am afraid we might not hear them.] Read more facts on wild pigs.........
.Note: If you have a wild pig repellent or deterrent that has been proven to work, let us know and we could work together to provide some relief for small acreage landowners.
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