When hogs go wild


By Josh Gaskamp, Hay & Forage Grower†

April 15, 2021


Gaskamp is a wildlife and range consultant and technical consultation manager for the Noble Research Institute.


Wild pigs cause damage to both agricultural and non-agricultural lands, creating financial burdens for landowners and complicating future management. It almost seems the holes created by wild pig rooting behavior are strategically placed to inflict the most damage or pain possible to equipment and ranchers.


The best strategy is to prevent damage from occurring, but, most often, rooting damage occurs before pig presence is detected. Repairing rooted pastures isnít something any of us look forward to, but this how-to question is common enough that we would like to share some of the strategies currently being used.


Anything with a calorie


The wild pigís diet consists of multiple parts of plants, fungi, invertebrates, and vertebrates. They are considered opportunistic and omnivorous, meaning they will consume almost anything with a calorie. Wild pigs forage aboveground, similar to cattle, but they also forage below ground, consuming roots, tubers, and associated plant structures and insects.


You may have heard that wild pigs prefer dense brush and are only active at night. These statements are misleading...


Plan for mitigation ...


Damage varies ...