Hogs have spread to northern portions of the state as a result of individuals illegally relocating feral hogs It can chase feral hogs away from crops or food plots temporarily, but they soon return or become a problem for a neighboring landowner. The damage extends far beyond ag losses. In an attempt to get rid of them, Iowa recently made it illegal to release the animals into the wild. Read more... wild pigs , event But wild hog populations continued to grow at an astounding rate; they even moved into the fringe areas of major metropolitan cities. Before that time, feral hogs were located mostly in south Alabama with highest numbers found along the lower Tombigbee and Alabama rivers. Using trained packs of trailing and catch dogs helped remove hogs as well. Increased Population Feral hog populations have greatly increased in Alabama since the 1980s. Texas is home to an estimated 2.6 million feral hogs with an impact that may exceed $500 million annually. A wildlife specialist will discuss how landowners can help decrease Texas’s feral hog population during the 2019 South Texas Farm and Ranch Show. The wild hog population at the Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area is exploding, and officials are working to get it under control. In recent years, hogs have shown up everywhere from Iowa to Michigan to Kansas. Studies show at least 66 percent of a hog population must be removed each year just to prevent it from growing. A rough estimate indicates there are 300,000 to 500,000 wild hogs in Arkansas. Kansas did the same, then took things a step further and made it illegal to hunt them. As their numbers have grown, the estimated row-crop loss is $19 million annually. Pennsylvania is not alone in trying to deal with a new population of wild hogs. Hunting has shown to reduce hog populations by only 8 to 50 percent. An ambitious plan, especially when hogs can reproduce several times a year. The goal is to reduce feral hog numbers by 80 percent. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports that more than 50 wild hogs have been trapped or killed in southern Iowa since September 2003. Canadian exports of non-breeding hogs to the U.S. by type 2010-2019 Revenue of cattle & hog wholesaling in the U.S., 2008-2013 Top U.S. states based on number of chickens 2018 Numbers of feral or wild hogs continue to grow across the United States, raising concerns about the spread of disease to domestic hogs. Wild hog population exploding at Tennessee recreation area (WVLT) Published: Feb. 13, 2019 at 5:09 PM EST. Hogs are smart, according to animal behaviorists, and they rate very high on the animal intelligence charts. Introducing the Central Texas Feral Hog Task Force, a collaborative regional effort to track and abate the extensive ecological and economic damage associated with invasive feral swine (Sus scrofa). The ODNR doesn't have a full population estimate because the public is not required to report sightings, but in 2013 there were an estimated 5 to 6 million wild boar across the U.S. Missouri’s struggle with feral hogs is at a critical juncture.