Feral hog populations are skyrocketing in Texas causing wildlife managers and farmers to scramble for solutions to an expensive problem.
A their statewide population ascends, reports in and around the City of Orange are also increasing.
Award-winning wildlife journalist, author of Hog Wild, and lifelong Orange-area resident Chester Moore says it is important citizens take hogs seriously.
“We shouldn’t be shaking in fear because hogs are in and around our cities but we should be aware and take steps to keep ourselves, families and pets safe,” Moore said.
“Hogs are dangerous and the more they come in contact with people and pets the chances of a tragedy occurring go up too.”
Moore has produced a three part video series entitled Stay Hog Safe to give simple pointers on navigating urban hog territory.
“The first thing is never under any circumstance approach a piglet. I don’t care if you think it’s abandoned, leave it alone. Other than grizzly bears, there is no animal more likely to attack if you mess with their young than feral hogs. Stay away no matter how cute you think the babies are,” Moore said.
Property owners should avoid feeding pets outside and those with deer feeders behind their houses might consider shutting them down when hogs start showing up.
“You can’t stop them from being on your property but you shouldn’t ring the dinner bell either,” Moore said.
As hog numbers increase, encounters in local parks and wooded areas will become more common. Moore said to leave an area if you smell hogs and be extra cautious if you see fresh rootin
“Something else to consider is not walking your dogs in areas with lots of hog activity. The hog is more likely to attack your dog than you and some dogs are likely to go after the hogs. Either way it could turn into a bad situation.”
Moore has hunted hogs from Michigan to Tennessee and throughout Texas and has been chased up trees twice but he said he doesn’t get scared when hogs move into an area and no one else should either.
“We should have a healthy respect for them and by taking some simple precautions we can greatly reduce any chance of attack.”
For more information on Chester’s work on hogs and other wildlife go to www.chestermoore.com.
Stay Hog Safe Pt. 1
Stay Hog Safe Pt. 2
Stay Hog Safe Pt. 3