What is the estimated population of Wild Hogs, Feral Pigs and Russian Boars and Wild Pigs in the United States?
population of Wild Hogs, Feral Pigs and Russian Boars and Wild Pigs in the USA
We do not have estimates based on scientific data for the entire U.S, we have guesstimates. Most experts would agree that it is somewhere between 4 million and 8 million animals but this estimate is not based on good data. There is a real need to conduct surveys to establish baseline population data. In Texas at least, these data do exist from 8 studies and thru the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) an estimate has been made at 2.6 million head. We are also getting a handle on the Texas wild pig population rate of population growth. Based on recent studies, we estimate that annual population growth in Texas is approximately 18-21%. At that rate (if left unchecked), the population would take about 5 years to double in size. However, collectively we are doing everything in our power to make sure the population is not left unchecked.
The Range of Wild Pigs Today
- Wild pigs have been reported in at least 45 states
- Populations now exist as far north as Michigan, North Dakota, and Oregon
- Range expansion over the last 20 years is mostly a result of illegal translocation of pigs by humans