Monday, October 11, 2021

Hells Angels of the animal kingdom - feral hogs

Wild hogs are described in many ways. Deleterious and invasive is the most generous.
Others include nasty, vicious, super-adaptable, crafty and disease laden. The feral hog's hellish impact on food chains, irrigation, recreation, and land replenishment are well known. Born of escaped domestic hogs and wild boars imported by sport hunters, they are prolific. Beginning at six months of age a sow (sounder) can spit out 12 piglet litters twice a year. The hellions have few, if any, predators tough enough to take them on. In Canada in the 1980s, Russian boars and European hogs landed as seed stock for meat production and controlled hunting. Oikers escaped, went feral and reproduced. Their numbers in Canada aren't clear, but they have exploded in number over the past decade.
Their range now spreads over nearly 800,000 sq km, mostly on the Prairies.
Its said the tough basterds make excellent eating. Montana has a “Squeal on Pigs” program. Citizens are urged to report the swine so they can be dispatched.