Wild pigs affect Alabama wildlife and water

Wild pigs can be destructive to native species and ecosystems. Credit: Steve Hillebrand/USFWS

Researchers in Alabama are investigating the impacts of wild pigs on wildlife and the environment. Forthcoming research suggests that wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) numbers jump significantly two years after feral hogs (Sus scrofa) are removed. Researchers are also looking at effects on water quality, including rising e Coli levels. The invasive pigs can also compete with native species and wreak havoc with the ecosystem. “Pigs are consuming about 23-24% of the acorns that are out there,” Mark Smith, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System agent, told Al.com. “So obviously, there’s some competition there with native food resources.”

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