The University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health’s recent data on feral hogs in Georgia brings to mind the viral social media moment from a few years ago.
Who could forget the uproarious online debates and memes about managing “30-50 feral hogs?” This quirky Internet debate may have brought the humor, but it does amplify the serious issue of feral hog invasions.
Georgia’s situation is a real-life reflection of these discussions. The state has seen feral hog sightings in every county. These animals — known for their significant size and appetite — are more than just meme material. They cause around $2.5 billion in agricultural damage annually in the U.S.
Georgia’s key stats are:
- 1,377 feral hog reports.
- 100% of counties affected.
- 159 counties with sightings.
- Georgia ranks as the second worst in the U.S. for feral hog problems.
While the internet buzz has died down, the issue clearly hasn’t. For those who want a deep dive into the data, check out the full report here. Remember, behind every meme, there’s often a reality – in this case, a rather large one.