The Wild Hog Situation

3 Jun

Have you ever Googled the news using key words “wild hog”?  There is an overabundance of news about damage done by hog varieties.  I’ve included some, but you know how I’m lazy, so I just cut & pasted the info directly from the articles without appropriately citing them.  Everything  in bold (not much) is mine.  Everything else is swiped off the internet.  Here is some example stories from many possibilities.

Here’s the news:

1.  “They’re nothing like Babe or Wilbur in ‘Charlotte’s Web’” notes a Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch report written by editor D’Ann White. “These pigs are the bane of property owners throughout FishHawk Ranch.  Seen throughout Florida and Texas, feral hogs are also called feral pigs, wild boar, wild hogs or razorbacks.  According to the Department of Natural Resources, these hogs are quickly wearing out their welcome, having tremendous negative impacts on native plants, native wildlife, livestock, agriculture and humans.

2.  “It is a problem, and it is a serious problem,” Supervisor Dan Sturm said Tuesday. “I understand they are big, and they are nasty.”  Sturm said residents have called the town with reports of seeing groups of 20 to 25 hogs of all sizes on their properties. . .  Spotted nine hogs walking in single file by a stone wall along Burr Road on Friday. The hogs, which included a 230-pounder at the lead and a piglet coming up the rear of the line, cut across the road

3.  http://www.nwfdailynews.com/articles/pigs-49982–.html  OK, admittedly, I NEVER click on links on blogs, Facebook, e-mail, or anywhere else because I’m too lazy.  But you should click this one because the story provides a lot of good information, but is too long for me to cut & paste on to this post.

Why it’s real bad:

1.  . . .  “Chewing up habitat, displacing native plants and animals, besting other game for food sources, breeding prolifically. Given the right conditions, a sow can produce three litters a year of up to a dozen piglets per litter.

Just this week, the National Wildlife Federation highlighted the importance of the issue, “calling for state and federal measures to remove feral swine, a highly destructive invasive species that is a growing menace to wildlife and wildlife habitat.

Pigs out-compete any animal that likes to eat an acorn. We’re going to tell our hunters, ‘You know, what if I told you they directly out-compete bear, deer, turkey for acorn mast? A group of pigs can come in overnight and ruin your food plots that you spent weeks and hundreds of dollars to establish.’ ”

How it relates to hog farming and farrowing crates:

These articles and the many like them prove how the Old McDonald model of farming is nothing but a fairy-tale.  It would not work this day in age.

According to the Wiki, “It is the wild ancestor of the domestic pig, an animal with which it freely hybridises.”  Domestic pigs can escape and quite readily become feral, and feral populations are problematic in several ways. They cause damage to trees and other vegetation, consume agricultural crops and can carry disease.  They are omnivorous scavengers, eating almost anything they come across, including grassnutsberriescarrion, nests of ground nesting birdsrootstubersrefuse,[12] insects and small reptiles.  Feral pigs often interbreed with wild boar, producing descendants similar in appearance to wild boar; these can then be difficult to distinguish from natural or introduced true wild boar.

Feral hogs can rapidly increase their population. Sows can have up to 10 offspring per litter, and are able to have two litters per year. Each piglet reaches sexual maturity at 6 months of age. They have virtually no natural predators.

As of 2008, the estimated population of 4 million feral pigs caused an estimated US$800 million of property damage a year in the U.S.[54] The problematic nature of feral hogs has caused several states in the U.S. to declare feral hogs to be an invasive species.

Still think it’s a good idea to let hogs roam freely?  Indoor housing and farrowing crates are for the protection of the hogs, the environment, and people!  Click my other two posts on this issue for more info/opinions.

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