The Effects of Abatement Efforts on Wild Pig BehaviorBy: Josh Helcel, Extension AssociateTexas A&M Natural Resources Institute

Wild pigs (Sus scrofa) are notorious for their ability to learn from past experiences and evade control efforts. Groups of wild pigs that are not pressured often increase their diurnal activity and become more active during the day time (Gundlach 1967). However, as abatement pressures increase wild pigs can alter their behavior to become more…

The Many Functions of Wallowing for Wild Pigs

Written by Shelby McCay, Texas A&M University, WFSC ’15 and MNRD ’19 Edited by Josh Helcel, Extension Associate, Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute Wallowing is defined as coating the body surface with mud or a mud-like substance and while this behavior is not found exclusively in wild pigs (Sus scrofa) (rhinos, elephants, bovids and deer…

Aerial Assault In Wild Hog War 13The Feds brought in a helicopter and a shotgunner for a week-long operation that killed more than 400 wild hogs at Di-Lane WMA.

The first mention of an upcoming operation to kill wild hogs from a helicopter on Di-Lane Plantation WMA piqued my interest instantly. That first mention came from one of my wife’s cousins. He has property adjacent to Di-Lane and had just signed a release to allow his property to be included in the targeted area.…

HOGS GONE WILDONCE ESTABLISHED, FERAL HOGS HARD TO CONTAIN, DIFFICULT TO ERADICATEMarty Roney, Montgomery AdvertiserPublished 9:57 a.m. CT March 9, 2018 | Updated 3:47 p.m. CT March 12, 2018

They are four-footed eating, breeding, rooting machines. Feral hogs are an invasive species present in at least 35 states, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. They cause billions of dollars in crop damage each year, and their rooting causes widespread and lasting environmental damage, according to the USDA. The porcine population bomb is…