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Intelligent hybrid 'super pigs' are starting to invade the United States

By T.K. Randall
February 24, 2023 · Comment icon 28 comments

A particularly large example. Image Credit: PD - Miguel Tremblay
It might sound like the plot of a movie, but these so-called 'super pigs' are very much the real deal.
Larger and hardier than typical domestic pigs, these brainy and highly resilient hogs were bred by Canadian farmers by combining domestic pigs and wild boars to create a hybrid species capable of withstanding the country's freezing winter temperatures.

The idea worked - perhaps too well - but when demand for the animals dropped around 20 years ago, some farmers chose to release the pigs into the wild and they have been surviving there ever since.

Now they are heading south into the United States and they are proving extremely difficult to get rid of.

"Wild hogs feed on anything," Ryan Brook, leader of the University of Saskatchewan's Canadian Wild Pig Research Project, told Field and Stream.
"They gobble up tons and tons of goslings and ducklings in the spring."

"They can take down a whitetail deer, even an adult. Originally, it was like ‘wow, this is something we can hunt.' But it's become clear that they're threatening our whitetail deer, elk, and especially, waterfowl. Not to mention the crop damage."

"The downsides outweigh any benefit wild hogs may have as a huntable species."

As things stand, the pigs have made it into North Dakota and over time, they are likely to multiply and spread across the mainland United States.

Whether or not it will be possible to stop them remains unclear.

Source: Popular Mechanics | Comments (28)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #19 Posted by Abramelin 3 months ago
If they grow to the size of their ancient relatives, resistence will be.... difficult:
Comment icon #20 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 3 months ago
Nah Resistance isnt difficult at all, I purchased mine in 1995. The Weapon is the M82A1 Semiautomatic Clip Feed 50 Caliber Sniper Rifle. Maximum Effect Range is suppose to be 1500 meters, however 2000 meters are not outside . The nice thing about this weapon is it will gut them for you!
Comment icon #21 Posted by Abramelin 3 months ago
I assume you're not carrying it around 24/7?
Comment icon #22 Posted by openozy 3 months ago
I must admit she did make a nice roast
Comment icon #23 Posted by flying squid 3 months ago
Some pigs are the divas and superstars.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 3 months ago
Actually I havent carry one 24/7 since I worked in the Middle East. I collect rifles and pistols I have over 100 guns in my collection, unfortunately all guns are illegal to possess in South Korea so all my firearms are in temperature controlled vault storage in the United States. So, no I certainly dont carry this around 24/7. Do you believe anyone can buy one of these in the United States because they are not fully automatic and you need no special permit, now that is some Chit Man!
Comment icon #25 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 3 months ago
That sounds like cannibalism, to me!
Comment icon #26 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 3 months ago
Here are some frightening Pig images! Is real or is it a Hoax? This little pig, looks just like his owner
Comment icon #27 Posted by BackToTheWar 3 months ago
I read about this the other day and cracked up. Half the readers would be scared, while the other half would get loaded up and liquored up to handle the problem.
Comment icon #28 Posted by psyche101 3 months ago
Why would they release hogs into the wild? Seriously. Did nobody think "what could go wrong?"

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