What kinds of feral hogs are found in the United States?

Feral Hogs May 23, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

All of the feral hogs (wild pigs) found in the United States belong to the same genus and species, Sus scrofa.  Two types of Sus scrofa, Eurasian wild boar and domestic swine, were introduced into the United States. Because these two types belong to the same species interbreeding has occurred.  Presently, there are three types of wild Sus scrofa in the United States: Eurasian wild boar, feral hogs (i.e., wild pigs that are solely of domestic ancestry), and hybrids between these two types. 



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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.