Pig, Hogs and Boars

Pig, Hogs and Boars

I have written about foxes, aoudads, wildcats and now hogs, domestic hogs that run wild in these canyon lands. They are very prolific and have interbred with the Russian boars that have been introduced. They are very destructive and roam wild, rooting up the land and killing some of the small native species. They are very smart and difficult to trap or kill since they roam most of the time at night. However, they are so common that they are often seen during the day. They produce large liters throughout the year and can be dangerous when encountered. The javelina is a native specie and while I have seen them in the past, it has been years since I have seen one. The wild hogs are omnivorous while the native javelina is vegetarian and thus not a threat to other animals. The wild pigs shown in the picture are at a feeder. A hog trap is nearby and they have not as yet gone into the trap to eat the fermented corn and scraps intended to catch them. It’s near impossible to lower their numbers but at least I am trying.