October 10th, 2013
01:45 AM ET
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Editor's note: Jana Waller is host of Sportsman Channel's "Skull Bound TV."

Inside the city limits of San Antonio, mounds of churned up earth are piled knee high as far as the eye can see. Fresh green grass has disappeared and the only evidence of any shrubs is the exposed roots protruding from the carnage. What looks to be the path of a devastating tornado in America's heartland is actually the result of a small group of feral hogs in the Lone Star state.

Texas, along with many of the southern states, is facing a problem of "Hogzilla" proportions. From agricultural fields and farmland to golf courses and playgrounds, no property is off limits to these chubby eating machines. From 2 to 6 million feral hogs are wreaking havoc in at least 39 states. Texas is said to be home to over half of the country's feral hog population.

Recently, I co-hosted a special series on invasive species featuring the devastating impact feral hogs are having on the residents and livestock of Texas. This "pig explosion" is affecting anyone who drives a car or drinks tap water. In other words - everyone.

The term, "feral hogs," refer to either domesticated hogs that are now wild or Russian boars, or the hybrid of the two. Hogs have roamed the U.S. since the 1530s and were an important source of food for the early pioneers. It wasn't until the 1930s when the Eurasian wild boar was released into the Texas landscape that things began brewing for the perfect pig storm. Given their ability to adapt well to most environments and their breeding capabilities, a pair of hogs can quickly become hundreds. Sows can become pregnant at 6 to 8 months old and are capable of birthing four to six piglets per litter.

Read - 'Aporkalypse' now?

Previously:
Dining on feral swine
Eat them before they eat everything



soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. ThisIsNot4U2

    Sows can become pregnant at 6 to 8 months old and are capable of birthing four to six piglets per litter?!?!?!
    I smell a REALITY show. They could call it "Bringing Home the Bacon".

    November 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
    • ThisIsNot4U2

      Or "These Little Piggies"...

      November 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
    • Truth™

      Isn't "Teen Mom" already on?

      November 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
  2. Truth™

    This has gotten really bad in my area. It has actually gotten to the point where birds will launch themselves in slingshots to drive the pigs out.

    October 29, 2013 at 10:45 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Birds with temperament problems, to be sure.

      i c wut u did there

      October 29, 2013 at 11:51 am |
  3. JI

    "Sows can become pregnant at 6 to 8 months old and are capable of birthing four to six piglets per litter."

    Oh you mean like the Kardashians?

    October 29, 2013 at 10:28 am |
  4. hmm

    Turn them into pork sausage. Feed the needy. No more free cheese!!!!

    October 22, 2013 at 10:36 am |
  5. Capt Bacon

    Texas is said to be home to over half of the country's feral hog population......... This is news, how?

    October 20, 2013 at 11:42 am |
    • RC

      Jesus, man. Do you not understand the negative impact an invasive species can have on an ecosystem? How would you feel if it were your property being destroyed? Your crops being ruined? Hell yes it's news. Capt. Dumbazz is more like it.

      October 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
    • Pigland USA

      Captain Bacon speaks the truth!
      Read my lips "NO NEW TEXANS"

      October 24, 2013 at 9:17 am |
    • capnmike

      Many of the Feral Hogs in Texas are simply Republicans doing what they do best.

      October 24, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
  6. bob

    Federal agency APHIS, list the following contagous diseases from feral hogs: “pseudorabies • swine brucellosis • classical swine fever • African swine fever • bovine tuberculosis • influenza • PRRS • anthrax • tularemia • E. coli • salmonella • trichinosis • streptococcus • ticks, fleas, lice • internal parasites” (like the pork tapeworm).

    Too many pigs is also a result of hunters killing off wolves.

    October 18, 2013 at 3:54 am |
  7. Tom

    The only problem with wild hogs his they have HUGE numbers of parisites in the meat. Properly cook the meat to 170°F to kill bacteria, viruses and parasites – no 140F pork here!! Curing (salting), drying, smoking, or microwaving meat does not consistently kill infective worms.

    October 18, 2013 at 3:38 am |
  8. BK Moore

    Well folks, I checked, and yes, wild pigs have wild bacon and wild ham! So organize up some hunting tours and let's turn these fat bastards into Texas BBQ! You know the world has gone truly strange when we have to worry about wild pig gangs. It's also gone weird when we need to encourage people to Eat More Bacon ™. I wonder what path all the vegetarians in Austin will take – "we have to save America, so we're going to eat pork for a while". There are many good products we can make from pigskin too – leather jackets, sports equipment, gloves, wallets, furniture, etc. And the best part is, it's okay to kill as many pigs as we want – it's even in the Bible – Leviathans 13:16 – "Thou shalt make me a bacon omelette... with cheese. Amen"
    – 10/10/2013 BK Moore, Rogue CNN Correspondent

    October 10, 2013 at 11:09 pm |
    • Believer

      Genesis: 1:1 –
      In the baconinning, The Lord God created the heavens and the Earth...

      October 11, 2013 at 9:58 am |
      • capnmike

        Utter nonsense. And you know it.

        October 24, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
        • Dr. Funn E. Boan

          I see that humorectomy was a success.

          October 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
    • Kim Kardashian is a pig

      Low temperature smoking will not kill Trichinella, so BBQ is not recommended. And freezing or curing game meat will not kill Trichinella, either.

      October 18, 2013 at 4:04 am |
  9. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Time to bust out the AK-47 and fill the freezer

    October 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • ATF

      This applies ONLY to Chicago and Detroit.....Unless you live South of the Border.

      October 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
  10. Truth™

    Sounds like it is time to open a feral pig hunting season. Time to bring home the bacon. Literally.

    October 10, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • RC

      Porkapalooza!

      October 10, 2013 at 11:25 am |
      • Truth™@RC

        The marketing slogan could be "Baconalia: You never sausage a good time!"

        October 10, 2013 at 11:34 am |
        • RC@Truth™

          My boss wants to know what the hell I'm laughing at! That's just damn funny......

          October 10, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
        • Truth™@RC

          Ty, ty...Lord knows I do try...

          October 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
        • Harry Potter's ...

          Hogwars

          October 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
        • Cowardly Lion Rapper from OZ.

          I Like Pig Butts and I cannot Lie....

          October 10, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
        • America

          Oz, never did give nothing to the tin man,
          that he didn't already have...

          October 10, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
        • Stevie Ray Vaughn

          If the House is a rockin' don't bother knockin', just come on in.

          October 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
        • reen b

          LOL! That was good, right there.

          October 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
  11. Feral Pig Union@Jana Waller

    You might want to update your Google Maps Ap--last time we looked, Texas was nowhere close to being in the Heartland of the U.S.A. We have a special contact at the McAllen,Texas border crossing....her name is Ima Hogg. She asks us two questions....What is your name ? We answer–Kevin Bacon.
    What is your nationality? We answer-Feral Employee ready to vote Democratic.

    October 10, 2013 at 11:11 am |
    • JellyBean

      Schmack me silly, too funny!

      October 11, 2013 at 8:28 am |
  12. Kermit

    I like pigs...

    October 10, 2013 at 6:43 am |
  13. mawarre

    Reblogged this on Simple food.

    October 10, 2013 at 4:50 am |
    • RC

      Why?

      October 10, 2013 at 10:31 am |
      • Benn@RC

        And don't forget, "who cares?"

        October 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
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