South Carolina has experienced a dramatic increase in the distribution and abundance of wild hogs over the recent decades, leading to an increase in the damage these animals cause to natural, agricultural, and developed landscapes. These expanding populations are causing economic and environmental damage that warrants control.
Wild hogs have been reported in every county in the state and
the population is estimated to number more than 100,000. Estimates for yearly crop and non-crop damage combined with the expenses of controlling these animals is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Considering the potential impacts that wild hogs have on the natural landscape and native species, in addition to the threat that wild hogs pose to the state’s livestock industry through the spread of zoonotic diseases, the economic impacts of wild hogs could likely be much higher.
This webinar will discuss the history, biology, ecology, and management techniques for wild hogs in South Carolina.