Georgia Has Way More Than 30-50 Feral Hogs

Georgia Has Way More Than 30-50 Feral Hogs


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.

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