Wild Pigs on the March
Bob McNally 03.06.17
Invasive wild hogs are continuing their relentless expansion across America to such a degree that a new university study shows that destructive feral pigs could be living throughout the entire continental U.S. in as few as 30 years.
Researchers from several agencies (including Texas A&M and Yale universities) show a north and west expansion of the species is increasing dramatically. This is important news because in just Texas, an estimated 6 million feral hogs cause over $400 million dollars in annual damage.
Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, and other Southern States have big problems with non-native hogs, too.
Hogs were brought to America by Hernando de Soto in 1539 to be used as a food source. Roughly 200 pigs were released by de Soto, which became wild and flourished to what is now an American population of many millions.