|A family of feral pigs on the run|
Photo: Jerry Lara San Antonio Express-News
Feral pigs have no natural predator, there are no legal poisons and there are not enough hunting and trapping programs to keep up with the growing population. The pigs start to mate at 5 or 6 months of age and produce a litter every 12 to 15 months - it's like having large rabbits.
Texas has hunters with two airplanes and two helicopters that try to keep up with the problem but they are too little, too late. Farm fields, golf courses and cemeteries are destroyed nearly every day. Airports with some extra land are often given the extra problem........of pigs!
|Pig in a puddle|
Photo: Shannon Tompkins www.chron.com Houston Chronicle
|Up against a fence, they'll dig under|
Photo: Shannon Tompkins Houston Chronicle www.chron.com