Oregon Field Guide reported on the problem of invasive feral pigs in Oregon in 2009. This video sums up the problem nicely: Feral pigs can wreak havoc on the landscape, hurt people and native wildlife, and spread disease. They multiply quickly, and Oregon (unlike California) still has a shot at eradicating them entirely. But hunters still like them, and private landowners have fueled the invasion by raising exotic pigs for hunting that wind up escaping into the wild.
The Oregonian reported on the issue last week, noting that Oregon last year outlawed paid pig hunts to remove the incentive for private landowners to continue raising the exotic pigs.
A few fun facts:
- There are 2,000 to 5,000 feral pigs in Oregon
- The average sow has two to three litters of 12 piglets apiece every year
- So far this year, the state has killed 60; 24 of them through aerial gunning
- I don’t know what the state is doing with the meat, but they can be tasty, if you cook ‘em right.