There are two kinds of landowners in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana: those with wild pigs, and those that are about to have wild pigs.
Time to go hog wild, ya’ll! These feral creatures are violent, filthy, and destructive to wildlife, livestock, and property. They’re also unfortunately pretty tough to kill, yet pig hunting is needed across the nation.
Some reports place the total damage figure as high as $1.5 billion in the U.S. annually based on a damage estimate of approximately $200 damage per wild pig hog, per year, with the pig population being estimated at 6 million animals.
A 2004 survey conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service placed annual damage to agriculture in TX alone at $52 million with an additional $7 million spent by landowners to attempt to control the pigs and/or correct the damage.
This is, indeed, a very conservative estimate. Other researchers suggest that damage per pig per year averages $200, but the problem there is that the assumption is made that a 40 pound pig causes as much damage as a 300 pound pig, which is unlikely.
The total pig population in Texas alone has been estimated recently in 2011 at 2.6 million. However, estimates for the United States population as a whole are non-existent, but “guesstimates” place that number between 4 million and 8 million animals.
Some reports estimate total damage in the U.S. may be $1.5 billion annually, however, these damage estimates are in part based on population estimates. However, again, these are just figures we don’t have a solid handle on nationwide.