FPL | Wild Hog
 

Wild Hog

Origin: Europe

Impacts: Wild hogs, or wild boars, were introduced 400 years ago for hunters. Today the species has spread to 23 states and its total population numbers more than two million.

Florida has the second largest population of approximately 500,000 hogs.

This species is extremely damaging to the agricultural industry costing the industry over $800 million per year. Wild boars damage crops and transmit diseases to livestock. Diseases also can be transmitted to humans.

Natural ecosystems are destroyed by wild boars. Hogs dig up the ground while searching for food in a process called rooting. This behavior destroys ground vegetation, reduces habitat for nesting birds and other animals, causes soil erosion, and can occur on very large patches of land.

 

Sus scrofa

Photo courtesy of Texas A & M, Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences