Feral Hogs

Feral hogs cause a wide variety of problems and are a serious concern for private landowners, fish and wildlife managers, and nature enthusiasts of all kinds. They are very destructive to sensitive natural areas such as wetlands and agricultural farmland. Their tendency to wallow in wet areas can destroy these types of important habitats. The rooting and feeding behavior of feral hogs also contributes to soil erosion and reduces water quality.They have even been known to kill and eat deer fawns. They also relish the eggs of ground-nesting birds. Anything that lives on the ground is a potential meal for a feral hog.Feral hogs forage heavily on acorns. Many wildlife species, such as deer, squirrels, birds, etc. will have less food to survive on. The agriculture community will experience damaged and destroyed crop rows, rooted hay and pasture land, and damaged tree plantings.One of the biggest threats to the agriculture community is the potential transfer of disease from infected feral hogs to domestic swine herds. Feral hogs in other states are known to carry swine brucellosis and pseudo rabies. The spread of disease to people, pets and other livestock is a big concern. Brucellosis, when contracted by humans, is known as undulant fever. Feral hogs have been documented in various studies to carry 30 significant viral and bacterial diseases and 37 parasites.