It’s believed that pigs were first introduced into the wilds of America by explorers as long ago as the early 1500s. Wanting to establish a renewable food source for potential returning sailors, hogs were released along the southern shores. From there, they began reproducing at staggering rates. In the coming decades, some of the offspring from those initial hogs crossbred with domestic pig species. Even more recently, European and Russian strains of boars entered the mix when those pigs were brought into the country specifically for hunting purposes.
Many factors have contributed to increasing pig numbers and their expanding range. Some of the most important of those influences have been the pig’s unbelievable reproduction abilities, and the fact that the species has few natural enemies within North America. Opinions vary as to how many states now have wild hogs, but that number likely lies somewhere between 39 and 45, and many experts believe it’s likely that within the next decade all 50 states will face their own pig problems.