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Feral Pig Sus scrofa


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Feral Pig
credit: Richard Bartz, Munich /CCSA

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Alternate name: Wild Boar/Wild Hog/Razorback

Family: Suidae, Pigs view all from this family

Description Basically a domestic pig gone wild, typically covered with thin, coarse grizzled black and gray hair. Hybrids may be variable in color, including spotted, black and tan. A mane of long bristles may develop down the back. The upper teeth (tusks) curve upward and are often conspicuous.

Dimensions 1.3-1.8m, 15-30 cm, 35-200kg

Warning If harassed or wounded, can cause serious injury with tusks. Flesh often full of parasitic worms.

Habitat Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Swamps, marshes & bogs, Lakes, ponds, rivers & streams, Forests & woodlands, Alpine & subalpine habitats

Range Plains, New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Southwest, Florida, Texas, California, Northwest

Discussion Also known as Wild Boar, this is an Old World pig species widely introduced in North America. Feral populations are known from at least 18 states, especially in the humid south. Prolonged winter frost appears to restrict its winter foraging and, therefore, prevent its spread northward. Its rooting can be quite damaging to native vegetation. Shy and intelligent, difficult to see in their forest haunts.