Feral hog’s numbers are increasing dramatically in Southeast Missouri. The Missouri Department of Conservation refers to them as “highly destructive and prolific pests.” A group of feral hogs, referred to as a sounder, regularly leaves a path of destruction in its wake. They often are nocturnal and will eat nearly anything with which they come in contact. The agency says a sounder of 10 hogs easily can destroy 20 to 30 acres overnight, including crops. The feral hog not only threatens property and crops, but the health of livestock, pets, and humans. It’s estimated about 30 percent of the feral hog population is diseased. The hogs are known to exist in 30 Missouri counties, including Stoddard. The hogs also can display aggressive behavior and have been known to attack humans. Media Specialist for the Southeast MDC region Candace Davis tells KZIM KSIM what to do if you come across a hog.
To report a feral hog sighting, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/feralhog.