Feral hogs date back to Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, who brought them to Florida as a food source in 1539. Later, American colonists allowed some domesticated hogs to feed in the woods, freeing many of them forever.
But as they continue to escape from farm pens, the state of Virginia is now acting to reduce population of wild pigs. These are the most invasive animals in U.S. There’s been a population explosion of these large, wild animals in the Virginia woods, and it’s not the cute, doe-eyed kind that conjures images of Bambi.
These animals have razor-sharp teeth, curling tusks and a nasty temper that prompts some to charge humans. They’re called feral hogs, wild pigs or big boars, but the names are lumped together because if it looks like a pig, smells like a pig and sounds like a pig its a pig.