Feral Hog - Damage and Diseases
- In the United States, $1.5 billion dollars in agricultural damage is lost annually due to feral hogs.
- Wild hogs consume and trample crops such as hay, corn, peanuts, small grains, vegatables, watermelons, soybeans, cotton, and others. They damage pasture by rooting and digging.
- Feral hogs can damage fences, roads and cause serious damage to dikes.
- Wild hogs can also have an impact on livestock:
- They can prey on lambs, goats, newborn cattle, poultry, & exotic game.
- Predation on young animals usually occurs on calving or lambing grounds, may be attracted to afterbirth. They kill prey by biting and crushing skull or neck.
- Wild hogs can cause forestry and reforestation problems. Hardwood and pine seedlings (especially longleaf) are very susceptible to pig damage through consumption, rooting and trampling.
- Wild hogs cause damage in suburban communties. Yards, landscape and ornamental plants can be destroyed. They also cause damage to gardens and can cause considerable damage to golf courses.
- Feral hogs carry disease that affect human beings, livestock and wildlife.
- Known Feral Swine Diseases and Risks:
- Swine Brucellosis
- Classic Swine Fever
- African Swine Fever
- Foot-and-Mouth Disease
- Influenza Virus