Wild hogs are in Texas and they are here to stay. Cursed by many and revered by others these wild swine have been on this continent since explorers first brought them from Europe in the late 1490s and early 1500s. Since that time other Eurasian swine have arrived and contributed to an expanding population that impacts crops, riparian areas and rangelands.
However, there are those that embrace these free-ranging imports as an additional specie to hunt year round. This contradiction in philosophy of what to do with feral hogs contributes to the ongoing management dilemma.
Popular wildlife artist Dallen Lambson has captured a stout hog in his original painting entitled “Texas Boar” as this mature tusker departs an area it has recently rooted up to feed. These animals are adaptable and smart providing an ongoing challenge to hunters as well as land managers.