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Wild Pigs Love My Fence (or not)

merlin44merlin44 Posts: 346 ✭✭✭

Anybody dealing with wild pigs? Seems my goat fence is in their chosen path coming up the mountain-repairing the fence for the 3rd time this summer. I've heard their hearing is above par, wondering what their eyesight's like? Any ideas?


  • seeker.nancyseeker.nancy Posts: 151 ✭✭✭

    Well from what I understand their sight is better than domestic pigs. They can even manage to get through cattle panels but not as easily. I'm thinking sausage or BBQ lol. They multiply so rapidly and cause a lot of crop and pasture destruction.

  • blevinandwombablevinandwomba Posts: 143 ✭✭✭

    Curious, are you talking about feral pigs or some kind of peccary?

  • merlin44merlin44 Posts: 346 ✭✭✭

    @blevinandwomba feral pigs, they've been becoming more plentiful the last few years in my area.

  • pamelamackenziepamelamackenzie Posts: 115 ✭✭✭

    Maybe check around and see if there is someone who can try to corral trap them. They can be harvested and meat donated to charity.

  • shllnzlshllnzl Southern UtahPosts: 525 ✭✭✭✭

    I just read an article on Foxnews.com about feral pigs about to enter Montana from Canada:

    “Multiple people say that if we were to design an invasive species that would do the most widespread damage, feral swine aren’t too far off from being the perfect specimen,” Dale Nolte, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Feral Swine Program, told the Daily Inter Lake. “It would be a disaster.”

    The pigs were described as "rototillers" — they root for food and wallow in farms, fields and forests, leaving terrain unrecognizable. Tahnee Szymanski, of the Montana Department of Livestock, told the publication the feral hogs "can decimate the rangeland by tearing up everything."

    The pigs might also spread diseases impacting livestock and other animals. (End quote.)

    Maybe the USDA National Feral Swine Program has information that you can use. Good luck.

  • dimck421dimck421 Posts: 85 ✭✭✭

    I hoped this area was void of wild pigs, as they are so destructive. But, nope. I looked out the window and saw about the ugliest "dawg" I ever spotted. A closer gander revealed it was a wild pig, not a dog at all. I implemented my standard means of pest control and went screaming and shouting like a crazed individual. Needless to say, it went running and squalling, but I have my doubts that it went far or that it will stay away. Worst yet, I am guessing where there is one there is more.

  • merlin44merlin44 Posts: 346 ✭✭✭
    edited September 14

    @dimck421 I have used that "standard means of pest control" a few times myself. Found it particularly effective with raccoons, they seem to understand the crazy woman throwing rocks (I'm in Arkansas, a rock is always available) is requesting they vacate the property (at least for the afternoon). The pigs, when seen, are trudging through the woods, I quietly back away-they scare me. My faithful farm dog fearlessly takes over and chases them away. Unfortunately, they return and you're correct, there are more.

  • smockvsmockv Posts: 35 ✭✭✭

    I just moved to Ohio, I am not sure if we have feral swine around here; but I am now going to find out...

  • dimck421dimck421 Posts: 85 ✭✭✭

    @merlin44 The creature I saw was still quite young. Had it been one of the full-sized adult monsters, I feel certain my "crazy woman pest control" would have been an epic fail, and I'd have been ailing. I live in the foothills of Appalachia. We , too, have a good plenty rocks available to hurl at offenders. lol Most of the time, though, my crazy is substantial enough to correct curious greedy critters, convincing them, it is wise never to tread again on the forbidden grounds. :) That said, there is a family of three bears. Yup, they can go any ol place they want. I will keep my crazy away from them.

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