Lastly, feral hogs have a tremendous intrinsic rate of increase.
Mature sows can have two litters per year and their female offspring can become sexually mature at 6 to 8 months of age and therefore are capable of producing a litter of their own before their first birthday!
Feral hogs were first introduced into Texas by the explorer Hernando de Soto in the mid-1500′s.
For coyotes and other predators that cause damage to livestock and crops, the Texas Department of Agriculture lets people become certified in the use of pesticide to control them.
The allowed pesticides include M-44 sodium cyanide and livestock protection collars.
He estimates that the hogs cause to 90 million in damages to property in the state per year, which includes both rural and urban areas.
State agencies and landowner groups are highly interested in what can be done to control the feral swine problem.