Why do feral hogs rub on trees?

Feral Hogs October 19, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF

Feral hogs will rub on trees, fence posts, utility poles, and other objects in an effort to control external parasites. These are called rubs and are not breeding or territory related.  Sometimes rubs are also used to simply scratch an itch.Feral hog rub on utility pole.

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