Wild hogs cause more than $66 million in property damage in Mississippi every year.
They are threatening our economy, farms, lifestyle, treasured places, and native wildlife.
Wild hogs are pests, not trophies. They carry disease, destroy farmland and trees, and eat the eggs and young of wildlife like quail, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and even songbirds.
They don’t belong here.
Wild hogs are non-native nuisance animals. In 1988, they were present in only 23 counties. Today, they are found in all 82.
If we all do our part, we can hold our ground against wild hogs. If you see wild hogs on your property, trap and kill them.
It is illegal to transport and release live wild hogs in Mississippi.
If you see anyone transporting or releasing live wild hogs, report it immediately. Call the number below.
Call 1-800-BE-SMART (1-800-237-6278)
24-hour hotline managed by Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks.
Hunting season preparation is done to increase our odds of harvesting some of the special and iconic native species that we are fortunate to have in Mississippi, whether we're targeting white-tailed deer, small game, waterfowl or a combination of quarry.
Whatever we hunt throughout the rifle season, we all want to increase the success of our outdoor, sport-hunting experience -- while at the same time, decreasing the available space in our freezers.
Wild hogs are known to cause external damage to land, property and wildlife, but the internal diseases they carry are equally dangerous.
More than 40 known diseases are traced to wild hogs, but the two most common in Mississippi are pseudorabies and swine brucellosis. Each can be deadly to livestock and domestic animals. The best way to prevent these infections is to trap and kill hogs rather than simply building fences to keep them out.
The first rule of transporting wild hogs is to not transport wild hogs. Bronson Strickland is the Mississippi State University Extension Service wildlife biologist and management specialist. He said the best way residents can help eradicate wild hogs is to hunt them while also trapping and killing them. Hunters who bring wild hogs into the state or relocate them for hunting, however, are committing a crime.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Rooting and wallowing by wild hogs cause extensive land and crop damage, which can be stopped only by getting rid of the invasive animals.
Bill Hamrick, a wildlife associate with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said wild hogs use their snouts to turn over soil as they search for food.
"I heard someone say that if it has a calorie and they can get their mouth around it, hogs will eat it," Hamrick said. "Wild hogs are a generalist species. They eat whatever they can find year-round."
Trevor Garrett stays busy. He divides his days between farming soybeans with his father, Johnnie Ferrell Garrett, and working as a research associate at Mississippi State University's Pontotoc Ridge–Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station.