Texas' wet summer could mean more feral hogs this fall, says Billy Higginbotham, Extension fisheries and wildlife specialist.

Since feral hogs descended from domestic pigs, he says it's reasonable to assume feral hogs will respond in a similar fashion to the increase in forage. In domestic swine, more nutrition means bigger litters.

Also, landowners can expect to see feral hogs ranging wider than in the last couple of years, he says. Feral hogs tend to stay near water sources and where vegetation provides cover. During the last several years, when drought prevailed, that meant near river bottoms and large impoundments. This year, with even small ponds filled, Higginbotham expects feral hogs have expanded their range.

By conservative estimates, Texas has 1.5-2 million feral hogs. They root up pastures and cropland, and compete with more desirable wildlife, such as white-tailed deer, for food. To learn more, see "Coping with Feral Hogs" at feralhogs.tamu.edu.
-- Texas A&M University release