Private landowners experiencing feral hog damage on their land often are unsure about what they can legally do to control hogs. These landowners should be sure to pick up a new informational booklet - “Feral Hogs in Georgia: Disease, Damage and Control,” published by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). This booklet is available on the WRD website, www.georgiawildlife.com and through WRD Game Management Offices.
Hogs are non-native and compete with native wildlife, such as deer,
bears, wild turkeys and songbirds, for important limited natural food
supplies, especially acorns. Hogs often destroy agricultural crops – not
only by consuming the crops, but also by rooting and trampling them. Hogs
also have been known to destroy the nests and eggs of such ground-nesting
birds as quail and turkey.
The booklet will contain general information about hogs, including:
identification of types of hogs; distribution of hogs in Georgia; biology,
reproduction and behavior; and types of diseases feral hogs can transmit
and how to handle potentially diseased animals. As expected, the bulk of
the booklet will concern controlling the damage caused by feral hogs
through various methods, including shooting, live trapping, fencing and
with the use of dogs.
The “Feral Hogs in Georgia” booklet currently is available on the WRD
and through WRD Game Management Offices. For more information, call a
regional WRD Game Management Offices:
Region I Armuchee (706) 295-6041
Region II Gainesville (770) 535-5700
Region III Thomson (706) 595-4222
Region IV Fort Valley (478) 825-6354
Region V Albany (229) 430-4254
Region VI Fitzgerald (229) 426-5267
Region VII Brunswick (912) 262-3173