Guys, these feral swine are a nuisance. They are the same species, Sus scrofa, as pigs that are found on farms but they destroy habitat, threaten other species and in extreme situations will kill people.
Feral swine often look very similar to domestic hogs, but are generally thinner with thicker hides of coarse bristly hair and longer tusks. Because of their extensive crossbreeding, feral swine vary in color and coat pattern, including combinations of white, black, brown, and red. Piglets are often striped or spotted, but lose this coloration as they mature. Feral swine are descendants of escaped or released pigs. Feral swine are called by many names including; wild boar, wild hog, razorback, piney woods rooter, and Russian or Eurasian boar. No matter the name they are a dangerous, destructive, invasive species. Almost every female is pregnant.
Feral swine cause major damage to property, agriculture (crops and livestock), native species and ecosystems, and cultural and historic resources. In fact, this invasive species costs the United States an estimated $1.5 billion each year in damages and control costs. Feral swine also threaten the health of people, wildlife, pets, and other domestic animals. As feral swine populations continue to expand across the country, these damages, costs, and risks will only keep rising.
Feral swine were first brought to the United States in the 1500s by early explorers and settlers as a source of food. Repeated introductions occurred thereafter. The geographic range of this destructive species is rapidly expanding and its populations are increasing across the nation.
Wild boar (a nicer name for feral swine) is a good eat if you get a sow or a young piglet. Old pigs are gamey and difficult to cook. Pigs eat pretty much anything and retain the taste of whatever they were most recently eating. If they’re in wild herbs like garlic or juniper they will taste strong. If they have been gorging in a wheat or barley field, they’ll taste amazing!
This is a good way to deal with a feral pig. Oh, and BTW that’s not a sniper rifle. If you think this is cruel you might want to visit the countryside sometime for a reality check.
every wild hog shot is a favor to the human race https://t.co/EYTFLCS2PL— Fr. Ryan Hilderbrand (@FrHilderbrand) February 15, 2020