How large do feral hogs get?

Feral Hogs May 16, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

The average adult body weight of a feral hog is approximately 180 lb.  Males are slightly bigger, with the comparable body weights for adults of each sex as follows: 150-170 lb for females; and 200-220 lb for males.  Exceptional specimens have been reported to exceed 500 lb.  In all instances of these exceptional weights, the animals were males.  Adult feral hogs average 5-6 ft in length (tip of nose to end of tail) and 2.5-3 ft in shoulder height.  Exceptionally large males can be over 7 ft in length and over 3 ft in shoulder height.

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