One of the worst nuisance animals around is the feral hog, which breeds like crazy, tears up food plots, agriculture fields and pastures, and is a threat to wildlife populations due to competition for many of the same food sources.
They’re prolific in the Southeast and Southwest states, and are moving north. State and federal wildlife agencies are doing what they can, as are landowners, but it’s a tough row to hoe. Deer hunters may enjoy shooting a hog now and then but the destruction of fields, feeders and other problems makes them an ongoing problem.
South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources and several of its partners are holding a Wild Hog Management Workshop on Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Blue Heron Nature Center in Ridgeland. Deadline to apply is Dec. 3. Space is limited.
Registration is $10 and lunch will be provided. Interested participants should send a check with name, address and phone number made to Hampton Conservation District at 1002 Elm Street East, Suite B – Hampton SC 29924. For more information call (803) 943-2586, ext. 101.
Feral pigs have been called by some an “ecological train wreck” and the destructive nature of this invasive species lends itself easily to such a description. All feral pigs share an unbridled appetite and can destroy hundreds of acres of farmland as well as native plants and wildlife habitat in just a few short nights. Free roaming pigs reproduce at a prodigious rate and are capable of producing two litters of up to a dozen piglets a year.
Feral hogs carry diseases such as brucellosis and pseudorabies. Pseudorabies is a viral disease of the central nervous system that can affect domestic hogs, cattle, horses, goats, sheep, dogs and cats, but is not related to the rabies virus and does not cause serious disease in humans. Brucellosis is caused by a bacterium and can infect livestock and humans. It is a significant threat to commercial swine and can cause a range of symptoms in humans that are similar to the flu. Wild pigs also have internal parasites including roundworms, liver flukes and, trichinosis. Trichinosis infections in humans are caused by consumption of undercooked, infected pork.
The workshop is sponsored by Allendale, Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper Soil & Water Conservation Districts, in cooperation with USDA-NRCS.
Do You Have Hogs? Keep up with what’s happening on your property and work to control the hog population by conducting camera surveys at numerous sites. Use the best cameras to compile data and then go trap and kill those nasty suckers. Click to learn more …