Are hogs becoming a problem on your property? Are they causing damage to your crops, your deer lease or your lawn? Then you’re not alone—damage caused by feral hogs is increasing. Statewide feral hogs are estimated to cause more than $500 million worth of damage to farmland, hunting leases, parks, neighborhoods, golf courses, etc. This means that each hog will do about $200 worth of damage in its lifetime.
Hogs also not only compete with wildlife and livestock for food, but can also transmit parasites and diseases.
A recent study by Texas A & M University estimated that there are about 2.6 million feral hogs in the state of Texas. A number of factors have contributed to this explosion of growth such as land owners establishing populations of hogs for hunting, deer feeders that feed 300 million pounds of corn annually and a hog’s high reproductive capability. The AgriLife program at Texas A & M predicts the feral hog population in Texas will approach 5 million in the next year.
Scientists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife report that with adequate nutrition, a feral hog population can double in four months. Currently the estimated harvest rate of feral hogs per year is 29% of the total population. Scientists estimate that a harvest of 66% is needed per year to just hold the population stable.
Ignoring a feral hog problem on your property or only partly dealing with the hogs will mean that their population will increase—and the destruction on your property will continue to increase as well. The U.S. Department of Agriculture states that even if you remove 70% of hogs in an area the remaining ones can have piglets fast enough to replace all those removed in just 2 ½ years. The goal should be to completely remove all of them from an area.
Deep South Trapping is a family owned and operated business. We have experience trapping hogs in residential areas (such as subdivisions and churches) as well as on large areas of rural land (such as farm and ranch land).
If feral hogs are a problem on your property, give us a call. We would be happy to come out for a free consultation.