Range of Feral Hogs in the United States


Feral Hog Range in the US

Christopher Columbus first introduced members of the family Suidae into North America in 1493 in the West Indies. The first documented introduction of hogs into the United States was in Florida by de Soto in 1593. More introductions followed in Georgia and the Carolinas, which established free-ranging populations in the Southeast. Free-ranging practices continued until they finally became illegal in the mid-twentieth century.

Populations of unclaimed, wild hogs increased and spread throughout the Southeast. Domestic hogs were released in California in 1769 and free-ranging practices there also resulted in a feral hog population. European wild boar were released at Hooper Bald, North Carolina, in 1912, and from there introduced to California in 1925.

Wild pigs (feral hogs) are found throughout the southeastern United States from Texas east to Florida and north to Virginia; and in California, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The local introduction of these animals for hunting purposes occurred in North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, and California. The National Park Service reports feral hogs in 13 National Park Service areas. They occur in many state parks as well (Mayer and Brisbin 1991). Feral hogs are also found in Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, and several other South Pacific Islands.

6 thoughts on “Range of Feral Hogs in the United States

  1. matt

    feral hogs have recently spread to eastern colorado. In kiowa county there are many upset corn farmers but the populations are stil low.Mya only fear is tha they might began to head west and destroy the sugar beat fields.

  2. Ted

    They have ’em in Ill, Michigan, MO, KS and a few other states. They just do not want the farmers/ranchers to panic which is why KS is having a very stupid set of hog hunting regulations which is making it hard to hunt them and they get to breed more!

  3. David Shugarts

    The state of Pennsylvania’s game commission in January 2008 had to open up a set of regulations to make the feral hog a wildlife species, and the state of New Jersey in December 2008 had its first feral hog controlled hunt. They are on the move!

  4. Randy Kelley

    I am a Registered Hog Trap Manufacturer in Arkansas–it will take all of us together hunting trapping and killing wild hogs to try to slow down the population—and we must never stop—this is my 7th year!

  5. Joe Ingram

    I am looking for a place in Virginia or within 100 miles of the Virginia and North Carolina state line to hunt wild hogs.

  6. RICK WATERS

    I LIVE IN SHREVEPORT LA. THEY ARE EVERYWHERE THEY WILL DESTROY A FEEDER THEY ARE GOOD TO EAT IF DRESSED QUICKLY I THINK THERE SHOULD BE NO REGULATIONS GETTING RID OF THEM WE SHOULD KILL THEM AND DONATE THE MEAT TO CHAIRTY JUST MY 2 CENTS

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