This one caught my attention as I was browsing through hog-related news. I caught it in the Knoxville News Sentinel online version. This is a pretty good upswing over the number of hogs trapped and killed in recent years, which the experts quoted in the article attribute to a healthy food supply the past few years.
Biologists attribute the increase to several years of bountiful mast. Like black bears, the reproductive rates of wild hogs are highly dependent on good mast crops, especially acorns.
The article first got my attention because it is set in my home state, but as I read more it got to the following:
The park’s hog population traces back to the early 1920s, when a herd of European wild hogs escaped from a game reserve on Hooper’s Bald in Graham County, N.C. By the 1940s, the wild hogs had spread into other counties as well as the Smokies.
The relevance? George Gordon Moore owned that ranch, and brought several of those hogs with him to the San Carlos Ranch in Carmel, CA. They may well be direct relatives of the hog Kat shot out there earlier this year!
OK, maybe that’s really only noteworthy to me, but I dig these little coincidences.
Anyway, check out the article if you’re interested. It’s online at the Knoxnews site.