wildpiginfo Updated:06/2013

Wild pigs (also known as wild hogs or feral pigs) are not native to the Americas. Brought by early Spanish explorers, they have now spread across the United States. Wild pigs are highly adaptable and capable of fending for themselves, making them capable of existing in a variety of habitats.

Damage By Wild Pigs

Wherever pigs are present, they become a problem, causing damage to livestock, agricultural fields, forests, and the environment, and threatening native wildlife.

Management of Wild Pigs

Wild pig populations can be managed by lethal or nonlethal methods.  Nonlethal methods include installing fencing to exclude pigs, using guard animals to protect livestock, and vaccinating animals to prevent disease spread.  Although in some situations nonlethal methods are appropriate and effective, in many cases they are not a good option, either because they do not work well or are too expensive.  Therefore, lethal methods are often the most practical and widely used. They include trapping, shooting, and hunting with dogs. Currently, there are no toxicants registered for use on wild pigs in the United States, so poisoning is not an option.


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Bill Hamrick
Extension Associate III - Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture
775 Stone Blvd, Thompson Hall A213
Box 9690
Mississippi State, MS  39762
Phone: 662-325-3429
Fax: 662-325-8750


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