What is in this article?:
- Feral hog swarm alarming New Mexico
- Quick facts
- Farmers and ranchers across eastern New Mexico have been complaining that feral swine have been ravaging range and farmland, destroying milo and sorghum crops and rooting up wheat fields. In addition, wild hogs have been known to prey on lambs and kid goats.
• Feral swine do $800 million in damage annually across the United States.
• Wild hogs begin breeding as young as six months and produce two litters of six to nine offspring annually.
• A hog population can double in four months.
• The average weight of a feral hog is 120 pounds, though they can grow to more than 400 pounds.
• They have razor sharp tusks that can grow to 5 inches.
• Feral hogs prefer to run from humans, but have been known to attack under duress.