No matter your opinion on these hairy piggies, the fact remains that they are among the most destructive of all invasive species in the state.

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Damage to agriculture

It's estimated that over $120 million in agricultural damages are due to wild pigs trampling crops.

Feral hogs also do this thing called "wallowing" which, if you're like me, I thought was just when you cry in your room with the light turned off with a tub of Neapolitan ice cream. It's pretty much the same with mammals, just with a lot of mud and a heck-of-a-lot more parasites.

Hogs are resilient

These wild hogs have stood the test of time, adapting to nearly any environment in North America. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, wild pigs are omnivorous, and are "generally categorized as opportunistic feeders". Throw in the fact that these animals are baby-making machines, pumping out 8 to 24 piglets each year or so.

Health and public safety

Feral hogs can also spread diseases (at least 30 viral and bacterial, plus about 40 different parasites) to livestock AND humans, increasing their risk even more on urban environments. Not to mention that they pack a punch, especially when cornered, with some weighing over 400 lbs.

Speaking of which, I had the pleasure of meeting one up close a few years ago when a boar introduced itself to my front bumper near Benjamin, TX, on my way to Dallas.

Nicholas Tauschek
Nicholas Tauschek
Nicholas Tauschek
Nicholas Tauschek

Now, before you go and get your rifle to start hunting Miss Piggy all willy-nilly, make sure you are aware of the Texas laws surrounding feral hog hunting. Some obstacles have been lifted through the years, but you still must have consent from the landowner on private property and a hunting license on public property.

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