Wild Pig Problems

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wild pig problems in greater cincinnati areaWild Pig Problems in Greater Cincinnati And northern kentucky

Wild pigs, also known as feral pigs, are a growing problem in rural and even suburban areas throughout Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. These domestic hogs gone wild are becoming a growing nuisance to farmers, wildlife and habitat managers as well as business and home owners. Damage to crops, livestock, watering holes, wildlife, native habitats can be significant and costly. Feral pigs are even known to trample through cemeteries, lawns and gardens in the suburbs. The potential impact of free-ranging pigs on both public lands and private property is such that the sighting of any new populations of wild hogs in the Greater Cincinnati area should be taken very seriously.

Feral, or wild, pigs (Sus scrofa), are domestic pigs that have escaped from farms or have been intentionally released into the wild. Size and color varies with males developing small tusks in the wild. These free-ranging pigs prefer dense brush and wooded areas but also can be found in open, grassy areas. Acorns are the food of choice but feral pigs will eat most anything including eggs, grains, roots, amphibians, earthworms and even small mammals such as newborn lambs. With each female having up to two litters of up to 13 piglets every year, a feral pig population can soar, quickly becoming uncontrollable.

What type of damage can be caused by a feral pig?

Pigs root deep into the ground in search of tubers and other food sources. They trample through wetlands and other sensitive areas leaving a mess of mud and destruction in their wake. Stream beds and ponds are turned into murky, muddy pits as they wallow in search of refreshment. And feral pigs compete with deer and wild turkey for food and are known to love the corn fed to livestock. The destruction can be substantial with crops destroyed, livestock impacted and gardens and waterholes destroyed.

Do they carry disease?

Yes, wild pigs are known carriers of diseases and parasites. There is the potential of both bacterial and parasitic disease to be spread to wildlife, livestock and pets. Cholera, swine brucellosis, trichinosis, foot and mouth disease, pseudorabies and leptospirosis are some of the diseases known to be spread by wild pigs.

What can be done to eliminate feral pig problems?

In many Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky counties, the population of feral hogs is to the point that complete eradication is no longer possible. Once wild pigs move in and begin to cause damage, elimination is unlikely due to their evasiveness and their high-reproduction rate. Exclusion, using fencing and electrical deterrents, may be effective for small, targeted areas. But for larger or more remote areas, by using a combination of snaring, trapping, shooting and/or hunting, the population and the resulting damage may be controlled.

If you suspect a problem pig in your area, call a licensed professional.

If you live in the Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky area and a wild pig is sighted, removal is the only real solution. Tracking and trapping should be conducted by a trained, licensed professional to protect yourself and your property as well as to ensure humane removal of the animal. Critt'r Catch'r, professional animal control experts, can fully assess and address your feral pig problem.


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