Wild pigs can reach weights of more than 150 pounds and measure 5 to 6 feet long.
Wild pigs occur in all of Florida's 67 counties within a wide variety of habitats, but prefer oak-cabbage palm hammocks, freshwater marshes and sloughs, pine flatwoods, and more open agricultural areas.
They usually travel in small family groups or alone. Wild pigs eat a variety of plants and animals and feed by rooting with their broad snouts. They may disturb the soil and ground cover vegetation and leave the area looking like it has been plowed.
The wild pig, also called the wild hog, wild boar or feral pig, is not a Florida native and may have been introduced by Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto as early as 1539. Trying to prevent wild pigs from coming onto your property can be difficult, but adequate fencing should keep them out of small yards and gardens. On private property, nuisance pigs may be baited with acorns or old corn and trapped using sturdy pens with trap doors. Trapped animals may not be released on public land and can only be released on private property with landowner permission. For more information, see Feral Swine Dealer Identification Card Program , Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Wild pigs are legally defined as wildlife and are the second-most popular large animal hunted in Florida (second only to the white-tailed deer). On private property with landowner permission, wild pigs may be trapped and hunted year round using any legal-to-own rifle, shotgun, crossbow, bow or pistol. On wildlife management areas (WMAs), hogs may be taken during most hunting seasons, except spring turkey. Only firearms or archery equipment legal for taking deer are allowed to be used for taking wild pigs on WMAs.
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