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The Wild Boar Gets a Bad Rap

Posted by Wild Florida on March 15,2015 07:11:AM

boar-284685_1280Wild boars are medium-sized animals and a close relative of the domestic pig. They are native to Africa, Europe, and Asia, but you will find them in the Florida wild or at a zoo. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the wild boar (also known as the wild pig or wild hog) can be found in all of Florida’s 67 counties in a variety of habitats, something you will probably see on your Florida airboat ride. Some tend to flock to pine flat woods and freshwater marshes, while others settle in to palm hammocks and sloughs around the region. The wild boar usually travels alone or in a small group and feeds on all types of animals and plants.

Wild Boar Hunting in Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that wild pigs are the second-most popular large animal hunted in Florida. Hunting and trapping of wild pigs is permitted on private property with landowner permission and hunters can use rifles, shotguns, bows, pistols, and shotguns. Florida’s Limited Entry/Quota Hunt Programs do provide a number of public hunting opportunities and helps to prevent overcrowding. Hogs can be taken during most hunting seasons except during the spring turkey hunting season.

Interesting Facts About the Wild Boar

The wild boar is an interesting species and can survive in a variety of habitats. They prefer to live in deciduous forests but you can find them in many tropical rainforests, grasslands, and taiga as well. They are not yet listed on the endangered species list but do have a lot of enemies in the wild, including tigers, bears, leopards, lynx, and of course, humans during hunting season. They feed off of seeds, fruits, leaves, berries, eggs, worms, snakes, and other small animals. Males tend to live a very solitary life except during mating season which runs from November through January. Mothers typically take care of the babies on their own and young wild boars depend on their mother for the first several months of their lives.

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