Jul 222013
 
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These pictures and video come to us from Melinda DeLeon. Melinda spotted this sounder of two adults and ten piglets in Denton County near Paloma Creek and US380.

Wikipedia has this to say about Feral Hogs:

Domestic pigs can escape and quite readily become feral, and feral populations are problematic in several ways. They can cause significant amount of damage to trees and other vegetation and may feed on the eggs of ground-nesting birds and turtles. Feral pigs often interbreed with wild boar, producing descendants similar in appearance to wild boar; these can then be difficult to distinguish from natural or introduced true wild boar. The characterisation of populations as feral pig, escaped domestic pig or wild boar is usually decided by where the animals are encountered and what is known of their history. In New Zealand, for example, feral pigs are known as “Captain Cookers” from their supposed descent from liberations and gifts to Māori by explorer Captain James Cook in the 1770s. New Zealand feral pigs are also frequently known as “tuskers”, due to their appearance.

Feral Hog - Paloma Creek

Feral Hog - Paloma Creek

Feral Hog - Paloma Creek

Feral Hog - Paloma Creek

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