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Free-ranging populations of wild pigs (also called feral swine) exist in at least 39 states in this country. Some experts estimate their numbers at over 4 million, with the largest populations located in California, Florida, Hawaii, and Texas. Hunters, farmers, and landowners need to be aware of the extensive damage wild pigs can cause to their property and livestock. The rooting and wallowing activities of wild pigs cause serious erosion to river banks and streams. These destructive animals have been known to tear through livestock and game fences and consume animal feed, minerals, and protein supplements. Not only do wild pigs feast on field crops such as corn, milo, rice, watermelon, peanuts, hay, turf and wheat, but they are also efficient predators and –when given the opportunity- will prey upon young livestock and other small livestock.