The Pig Explosion
The breeding and reproduction rate of wild pigs is often compared to that of rabbits. A sow is said to reach maturity for breeding at the early age of only 6 months. That same sow can produce an average of two to two and a half litters each year, with each birthing yielding up to 14 piglets. You don’t have to be a mathematician to understand that in a few short years this can equate to pigs galore.
Biologists estimate that the current pig explosion has reached epidemic proportions, with as many as five million wild hogs now roaming the U.S. And, there seems to be nothing in the way of curbing those numbers anytime soon. That is bad news for farmers, ranchers and even backyard gardeners. For hunters, it means excellent new hunting opportunities.