South Carolina has seen a recent and dramatic increase in the distribution and abundance of wild hogs, leading to an increase in the damage these animals cause to natural, agricultural, and developed landscapes.
Wild hogs have been reported in every county in the state and the population is estimated to number approximately 150,000 individuals. Estimates for yearly agricultural damage and control of these animals is conservatively estimated to be in the tens of millions of dollars. Considering the potential impacts that wild hogs have on the natural landscape and native species, in addition to the threat that wild hogs pose to the state’s livestock industry through the spread of zoonotic diseases, the economic impacts of wild hogs are probably much higher than that estimate.
The South Carolina Wild Hog Task Force was established to coordinate educational, research and management efforts to reduce the problems associated with wild hogs in the Palmetto State.