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?
Dining on feral swine
Eat them before they eat everything
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".
Or "These Little Piggies"...
Isn't "Teen Mom" already on?
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.
Birds with temperament problems, to be sure.
i c wut u did there
"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?
Turn them into pork sausage. Feed the needy. No more free cheese!!!!
Texas is said to be home to over half of the country's feral hog population......... This is news, how?
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.
Captain Bacon speaks the truth!
Read my lips "NO NEW TEXANS"
Many of the Feral Hogs in Texas are simply Republicans doing what they do best.
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.
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.
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
Genesis: 1:1 –
In the baconinning, The Lord God created the heavens and the Earth...
Utter nonsense. And you know it.
I see that humorectomy was a success.
Low temperature smoking will not kill Trichinella, so BBQ is not recommended. And freezing or curing game meat will not kill Trichinella, either.
Time to bust out the AK-47 and fill the freezer
This applies ONLY to Chicago and Detroit.....Unless you live South of the Border.
Sounds like it is time to open a feral pig hunting season. Time to bring home the bacon. Literally.
The marketing slogan could be "Baconalia: You never sausage a good time!"
My boss wants to know what the hell I'm laughing at! That's just damn funny......
Ty, ty...Lord knows I do try...
I Like Pig Butts and I cannot Lie....
Oz, never did give nothing to the tin man,
that he didn't already have...
If the House is a rockin' don't bother knockin', just come on in.
LOL! That was good, right there.
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.
Schmack me silly, too funny!
I like pigs...
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And don't forget, "who cares?"
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