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Posted on: December 23, 2019

Information on Feral Hogs

Recently, sightings of feral hogs in the Fair Oaks Ranch Homeowner's Association Arbor's Preserve have been reported. Please note, although feral hogs appear shy, they are still animals and are unpredictable in behavior.

These animals are not the slow lumbering farm animals we are used to seeing. They are strong animals that can run relatively fast. Feral hogs will only attack if they are cornered or if they feel threatened. Females are very protective of their young and can easily be provoked. Male animals can be territorial and may see you as an intruder.  Feral hogs have a great sense of hearing and smell and will generally avoid contact with human. Give hogs a route they can run away from you and they will usually take it.  During your walk in the Preserve, if you encounter a feral hog:

  • Do not attempt to feed the hog.
  • Stay calm and back away slowly from the hog; do not turn your back on it.
  • ALWAYS make sure you have a way out as well. Do not put yourself in a position where escape is impossible or difficult.
  • Keep a safe distance and do not approach or provoke the hog; i.e., by using a flash while taking pictures of it.  The longer you are in close proximity to feral hogs the more anxious, nervous or aggressive they may get.  Don't risk being around them.
  • If you see adults with young piglets, leave them alone!

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