It’s hog wild!
The US population of wild pigs is soaring due to what experts are calling “a feral swine bomb,” according to a report.
There are about 9 million feral hogs in the nation currently, and the beasts, which cause an estimated $2.5 billion worth of damage each year, are multiplying quickly, The Atlantic recently reported.
“I’ve heard it referred to as a feral swine bomb,” Dale Nolte, manager of the National Feral Swine Damage Management Program at the US Department of Agriculture told the magazine.
“They multiply so rapidly. To go from a thousand to two thousand, it’s not a big deal. But if you’ve got a million, it doesn’t take long to get to 4 [million], then 8 million.”
Over the last three decades, the wild hog population expanded from about 17 states to at least 39 — and they’re set to occupy 386,000 square miles across the country by the end of 2020, according to Ryan Brook, a University of Saskatchewan biologist who researches the animals.
“Pig populations are completely out of control,” Brook said.
The havoc-wreaking oinkers came into the national spotlight last year thanks to a viral tweet about gun control that raised the question of how someone could kill “30-50 feral hogs” without an assault weapon.
Other users were unsure whether the tweet was a joke, until poster William McNabb explained he was serious, writing in another tweet that packs of hogs have run onto his yard “several times with no warning.”
The episode spawned several memes, but it turns out McNabb wasn’t the only one having hog problems.
Feral pig numbers have become unmanageable in some areas, including in Florida, Georgia and California, according to the Atlantic.
In Texas, which has about 1.5 million wild hogs, officials spend upward of $4 million annually controlling them, to little avail.
The boorish babes mow down crops, attack livestock and destroy plants and precious habitats. Plus, a wild pig can host at least 30 viral and bacterial diseases, along with nearly 40 parasites, according to the report.
Most of the beasts are a mix of domestic breeds and European wild boar, creating what Brook called “super-pigs.”
They inherit intelligence, good senses of smell and an increased ability to survive in the wild from boars, and get their abundant fertility from domestic pigs.
“The problem with the hybrids is you get all of the massive benefits of all of that genetics,” the researcher said.
One area that’s been successful in eradicating its wild hog population is Montana, which has strict laws, a “Squeal on Pigs” public-education campaign and support from local groups to help, the experts said.
However, the researchers said, not enough is being done across the country to stop the exploding population.
“The efforts to deal with them are about 1 percent of what’s currently needed,” Brook said.
New York Post
- Hilary Clinton Calls On President Buhari To Stop The Killing Of #ENDSARS ProtestersOctober 20, 2020Former United States presidential candidate, Hilary Clinton, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigeria Army to stop the murdering of ...[Read more]
- #EndSARS: Burna Boy Cries Out Over The Shooting Of Protesters At Lekki Toll GateOctober 20, 2020Burna Boy has reacted to the shooting of peaceful EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate today, October 20. He tweeted: “These are the most serious ...[Read more]
- BREAKING!!! IPOB Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu Declares War In Nigeria, Orders Biafrans To Kill Every Policeman, Army Officer (+Audio)October 20, 2020Reaching Newzandar News has it that the leader of the indigenous People Of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on Tuesday declared war In Nigeria after he heard ...[Read more]
- Solskjaer leaves out two senior players as Man Utd submit 25-man EPL squad [Full List]October 20, 2020Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has left Phil Jones and Sergio Romero from his 25-man squad for the Premier League. The pair were ...[Read more]
- EPL: Three exceptional players keeping Solskjaer’s job at Manchester UnitedOctober 20, 2020The Manchester United side started the season poorly and this has raised fears about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s capacity to continue on the United hot ...[Read more]
- The Veteran Nollywood actress, Joke Silva recounts how she discovered she was adopted by her parentsOctober 20, 2020The Veteran Nollywood actress, Joke Silva has recounted how she discovered she was adopted by her parents. Sharing the story, the 59-year-old TV ...[Read more]
- Singer Falz Cries Over The Shooting At Lekki Toll GateOctober 20, 2020As indicated by reports spreading all over the web, Military men started shooting at quiet protesters and it caused commotion at what was already a ...[Read more]
- 1xBet Login Process and Operator’s AdvantagesIn SponsoredOctober 20, 2020Even a beginner will have absolutely no problems with 1xBet registering on the platform, navigating it and placing bets. The 1xBet website provides ...[Read more]
- #ENDSARS: Actress, Ufuoma McDermott Cries Over Shooting At Lekki Toll Gate (+Video)October 20, 2020Nollywood Actress, Ufuoma McDermott has responded to the lamentable episode that happened at Lekki Toll Gate where soldiers reportedly opened fire on ...[Read more]
- Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe believes nationwide protest will give more ladies husbands this yearIn NewsOctober 20, 2020The Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe, has opined that the ongoing nationwide #Endsars protest will give ladies husbands this year more than popular ...[Read more]
- on ‘Men With Big D!ks Can Talk to Me Anyhow – Lydia Forson Explains in A New Video I have one baby, and I know how to work with it.
- on Rita Dominic and Kate Henshaw Joins #EndSARS protest yes o!! They will know that we own this country.
- on See Amazing Photos Of A Village In Abia State Nicknamed “Small London” (+Photos) You guys should come to my ebonyi and see that this one is small
- on Meet Man Who Employs His Biological Son As Security Man In His Company In Nigeria (+Photo) Hmm... Wetin concern me
- on Newcastle vs Man Utd: Paul Scholes blasts Cavani Time shall Tell
- on Man Kills His Parents In Enugu During Misunderstanding God why, okay why did village people called police, y can't theme kill…
- on Police Bust S3x Party, Arrest Guys While Having S3x With The Ladies (Photos) This idiots deserve what's happening to them
- on Kizz Daniels Finally Reveals The Girl He Is Dating Good evening
- on Kizz Daniels Finally Reveals The Girl He Is Dating Hello
- on Residents In Tears As Tenant Stabs Landlord To Death (+Graphic photos) What a world may be is fustration.RIP Mr landlord