What is in this article?:
- October is Hog Out Month
- Statewide challenge
- Damage tops $400 million
Feral hog facts
Texas Feral Hog Facts (source: Texas AgriLife Extension Service)
- Feral hogs cause an estimated $400 million in damages annually.
- There are an estimated 2 million feral hogs in Texas.
- Feral hogs are predators of lambs, kid goats, baby calves, newborn fawns and ground-nesting birds, and compete for food and space with many native species of wildlife.
- Feral hogs commonly destroy urban yards, parks and golf courses, as well as rangeland, pastures, crops, fencing, wildlife feeders and other property. Additionally, they contribute to E. Coli and other diseases in Texas streams, ponds and watersheds.
- Vehicle collisions with feral hogs cause an estimated $1,200 in damage per collision, and create safety hazards for those involved.