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Feral pig, Wild Boar, Wild Hog, Russian Boar, farm pig. They are all pigs, all very slight variants of the one species Sus scrofa. (The tusks are removed from farm pigs at birth.) In the US, they are all called "pigs."
No sus scrofa is native to North America.
We have posted in the past about the pig/boar hybrids which have been expanding their range across the US, wreaking havoc in the process to woodlands and to agriculture. They are so prolific, and so destructive, that most areas of the US now have open season on the pigs. Hog wild: Feral pig population explodes in U.S
Distinguishing European (aka Russian) Boar from farm pig/boar hybrids is almost impossible, but it is thought that, in many or most areas, most animals are hybrid. Since they're all the same species, it doesn't really matter. Pigs.
Texas and California have seen enormous population growth of Sus, but they have spread around the country - even around Albany NY where the biggest pigs have traditionally been the NYS politicians.
Since every area in the US in which they have appeared is eager to be rid of them, year-round hunting opportunities are abundant. Hunting over bait stations is entirely legal. Some use AR-15s, some use bow, some use revolver, and some macho dudes use baying dogs and kill the pigs with a hunting knife.
There are simply not enough pig hunters to control these creatures, so I propose releasing Wolves into areas where the wild pigs are a problem. The Wolves would have a field day.
Some people do not enjoy the taste of wild pig, which is a bit gamier than the corn-fed farm pig. I have had the wild boar, the same Sus scrofa, which lives in the Appenines of Umbria, and it is a special treat when cooked the ways the Umbrians do it. "Cinghiale." I've had it there cooked several ways, and the sausage too. Even snuck some cinghiale salumi home in my bags.
I'm not sure how much of a dent wolves would make in a wild hog population. I suppose if they ate enough on the young ones, maybe. However, even in the wild I would expect a sow to birth two litters a year and have at least 5 surviving pigs in a litter.
And I wonder how good wolves would be at killing full-grown and tusked sows and boars. I don't really know, but I'm guessing it wouldn't be easy. Boars can turn in just about their own body length and are amazingly quick. I grew up on a hog farm and don't know that much about wild boars, but my experiences with grown hogs tells me they're anything but easy prey.
Then wolves eat other stuff, too, so they may go after only the easy prey. OTOH, I like the idea of wolves in lots of places.
This is a big deal here in Central California. I was once at a hotel in San Luis Obispo on business and also there were game wardens from around the state there on training. I asked some of the guys over beer about wild boar. They said no license is required and it is open season on them, especially if they damage private property.
I would think my ideal way to hunt them is on horse with a 44 magnum. The vaqueros used to hunt grizzlies on horseback with a lance so there's a California tradition.
South of San Luis Obispo is a restaurant in Arroyo Grande, Jagermeister or similar, that specialized in wild boar. Bring in your kill and they butcher it for you and prepare a feast for your party of friends.
I was in Bay City Texas on business once and the son of one of the secretaries came by with a male wild boar in the back of his pickup - he had deliberately ran it down. The Texans said you can't eat the males, only the females. They seemed pretty sure - can anyone confirm or refute?
That is true Whitehall. The meat from boar pigs (non-castrated mature males) has a very bad odor and flavor, though there is a very small percentage of the population that is not bothered by it so ymmv. Were I hunting feral pigs I would not bother with dressing out the boar pigs.
Wikipedia says that Boar taint occurs only in a small minority of boars and a small percentage of females but my college profs taught that boar taint was nearly universal in non-castrated males and never occurred in females.
I don't think wolves are the answer. The wolves in Siberia do not dine on wild boar. The Siberian Tiger however does enjoy them for dinner. By the way the Siberian Tiger is bigger than the Bengal Tiger. Remember a big boar can get to be over 400 pounds and a very big wolf rarely makes 200 pounds. The boars will "pack" just like wolves for defense.