America has a wild hog problem worth $2.5 billion. These states bear the brunt of the consequences.

What is one of the most destructive invasive species in the United States, reaching lengths of five feet and weights of up to 400 pounds?

Your answer is correct: wild hogs! Although they go by many different names, feral swine, also known as wild hogs, are the same species as domesticated pigs raised on farms.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that feral hogs harm agriculture for about $2.5 billion annually.

The number of feral pigs has increased over the course of more than three quarters of the United States since they were first brought here in the 1500s.

The Department of Agriculture reports that there are now over 9 million people living there.

The untamed mammal has spread both north and west, with reports of sizable feral hog populations in states like Michigan, Hawaii, and California.

Based on data from the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, the states with the highest number of feral hog reports in the United States are Florida, Georgia, and Texas.

There were 2,425 feral hog sightings in Texas in 2023 alone, with 1,377 in Georgia.This year, no feral hogs were sighted in fifteen states.

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