Q & A - Feral Hogs
Feral hog populations pose a significant risk to Texas property owners. It's estimated 1.5 million wild pigs live in the Lone Star State alone.
To help you better understand this invasive species, we'll answer some of the most common questions about this animal.
Question: How did these wild pigs arrive in Texas?
Answer: A Spanish explorer and conquistador named Hernando de Soto originally introduced feral hogs to Texas in the mid-1500s.
Question: Why does Texas have so many wild hogs now?
Answer: In the 1980's all the conditions aligned to create an explosion of wild hogs in Texas. During this time, hogs were relocated and released to provide game hunters with additional species to hunt. Since then, the species has continued to propagate across the lower states.
Question: Is it OK to feed feral hogs?
Answer: Yes. Texans are legally allowed to feed wildlife supplementally. Texans provide an estimated 300 million pounds of corn every year to feed wildlife. Often, feral hogs and other non-target species like raccoons are the benefactors of supplemental food sources.
Question: How fast can wild pigs reproduce?
Answer: When food supplies are plentiful and other conditions are ideal, wild pigs can produce more piglet litters with higher survival rates. Mature female wild pigs can have two litters annually, and female offspring can reproduce as young as six to eight months of age. These young animals can have babies before reaching one year old!
Question: How can I tell if feral hogs are around?
Answer: Signs of wild hog activity include rubbing, rooting, trampling, wallows, tracks, nests, tracks, and scat, and rooting and trampling. They take refuge in muddy areas during hot weather to seek relief since they don't have functional sweat glands.
Question: Is it easy to outwit feral pigs?
Answer: Feral hogs are brilliant animals. They've adapted to avoid danger. If you're dealing with a hog population on your property, a haphazard attempt to control them makes them less likely to respond to future control efforts. Their natural response is to avoid humans as much as possible. In some cases, hogs become nocturnal as a defense mechanism.
Question: Is there an ethical way to control feral hogs?
Answer: Not everyone has the heart or the time to hunt feral pigs, especially when there are sounders. Luckily, hog-proof fencing and professional hog removal services provide an ethical and seamless approach to wild hog control. By installing a specialized trap and baiting it, wild hogs get drawn to the feeding area for eventual trapping and removal.
Lone Star Trapping Helps With Hog Control
If you have further questions about hog control services in the Lone Star State, reach out to Lone Star Trapping experts today.