|Published: 10:09 AM, 08/26/2013
||Last updated: 10:10 AM, 08/26/2013
Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
The state of Tennessee may soon have
more hogs than an Arkansas Razorbacks' football game.
"The areas of Monroe, McMinn and
Bradley counties have always historically had larger populations of
wild hogs," said Kirk Miles, the wildlife program manager for
TWRA-Region III. "Wild hogs are more common in areas like the
Cherokee National Forest, the Great Smoky Mountains and along the
But wild hogs are starting to pop up
across the state.
"We're seeing increases in the wild
hog population across the state. As you go toward West Tennessee,
through the Central Basin, that's where we're seeing these pop up
populations," said Miles. "We're dealing with wild hogs in places
where they weren't historically found. They're posing more of a
threat than they have in the past."
Recently, TWRA and other wildlife
agencies have been working with some farmers in McMinn County, who
had heavy damage to their corn crops due to wild hogs.
"Periodically, wild hogs can do a lot
of damage," said Miles. "Some of the biggest concerns are when
they get into crop situations, typically corn."
Wild hogs run in a "sounder," a
social unit consisting of sows, piglets and juvenile males and
females. Sounders can contain up to 50 animals each, as wild hogs
reproduce at a very high rate (sows can give birth twice a year with
an average of six piglets in each litter).
"A group of hogs can do a lot of
damage in one single night," said Miles. "Once they find an area,
they tend to keep coming back to it. It can be a very serious problem
for a farmer growing a crop sometimes."
See full story in the Sunday, Aug. 25, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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