Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Feral hogs are becoming a bigger and bigger problem for golf courses around Texas. The 400-pound, tusk-wielding monsters can tear up fairways and greens rooting around for grubs and shoots. They especially like the collars of greens, where the turf is easier to uproot (if you've ever seen a golf course attacked by feral hogs, you've probably marvelled at the circles of tilled ground around the greens). This article mentions the hogs' attacks on golf courses only in passing, but it does put the problem in perspective: there are an estimated 2 million feral hogs in Texas, causing $52 million in agricultural damage every year, and their population is only expected to increase.