Feral Hogs Becoming a Problem at Jefferson Memorial Forest

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A new exotic invader is threatening the natural balance of Jefferson Memorial Forest.  Early in the summer of 2010, neighboring landowners, hikers, and staff began reporting feral hogs within the Forest and traveling between the Forest and surrounding properties. The first reports began early in the summer of 2010. Jefferson Forest is now working with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife to address this serious issue. 

Federal Hogs compete with native wildlife for food and disrupt the local balance.

Jason Nally, Private Lands Biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources gives us a synopsis of the problem:  “Feral hogs, also known as wild boars, originate from either escaped domestic pigs or transplanted European boars,” Nally said.  “The problems caused by these hybridized hogs are well known in many areas of the United States, but have only recently started to cause problems in Kentucky. ”

Feral pigs can cause extensive damage to forestland, crops and pastures. They will eat just about anything and can readily out-compete native wildlife for food. In addition to eliminating food sources for deer, turkey and small game populations (acorns), feral pigs can decimate frog and snake populations, will devour the nests of ground nesting bird species, and have been documented to eat deer fawns. 

Feral pigs carry a host of diseases, such as swine brucellosis and pseudo rabies that can affect pets, livestock, wildlife and humans. Sows can produce two litters a year with up to 13 piglets in a litter, a characteristic that is economically beneficial when pigs are raised as livestock.  However, this reproductive productivity can cause local feral pig populations to quadruple in a year’s time if they are not actively managed.  Pigs are omnivores and the rich woodlands of the Jefferson Memorial Forest offer a smorgasbord for these free roaming nuisances.”

Feral hogs have long been a problem in other parks and forests throughout the region.  Bernheim Forest has been working to manage the problem for several years now, and the Smokey Mountains National Park has been working to manage the problem for a very long time.  Indications from KDFWR are that it is unlikely that we will be able to completely eliminate every wild hog in Jefferson Forest. 

Currently we are trying to manage the problem through a program of trapping along two of the locations where they were seen last year.  If you see feral hogs in the area, please report them to Jason Nally at (270) 805-1080.


15 thoughts on “Feral Hogs Becoming a Problem at Jefferson Memorial Forest

  1. Aaron March 18, 2011 / 8:42 pm

    While offensive to some, most southern states have resorted to a “Shoot-on-sight” policy with these hogs. We would be smart to learn from them, as their populations are now uncontrollable. A more aggressive policy than “trapping along TWO (!) of the locations” while the population is still small should be considered by those monitoring this situation. Our window of opportunity may not last long.

  2. mike March 19, 2011 / 2:37 pm

    hello my family resently moved back from florida. i didnt bring my dogs because i didnt know there were any hogs here. however i do like hog hunting with dogs and a knife no guns or bows were can a person go around here to hunt that way

    • Don April 3, 2011 / 8:51 pm

      Mike I have a small farm in Henry County and I think we may be in the early stages of a hog infestation . Several owners of neighboring properties have reported seeing and finding damage from feral hogs. If you would like to come out and look around , let me know. I can not speak for any of the other land owners but you would be welcome to hunt or trap hogs on may acreage. I use it primarily to camp, deer and turkey hunt. Contact me at donauto11@yahoo.com .

    • B.Scott4100 January 25, 2012 / 2:59 am

      have not tried hog hunting . But I believe I have a really good 2yr. pitbull that would be great at it . I also live in Henry Co. and have a friend who lives in Lockport who killed a hog 2mos ago. If u would want to contact me call 5022354787


  3. John March 29, 2011 / 9:09 am

    Hunters have continuously shown that they are not interested in conservation, but in furthering their “sport.”

    • Sensei Mugs April 27, 2011 / 10:54 am

      Maybe you need to hang out with a better class of people, John. In Kentucky the licensing fees from hunting and fishing support all sorts of conservation efforts. Our fish and wildlife department is pretty great, actually.
      And let me point out that feral hog “hunting” isn’t sport, it’s land management. they aren’t game animals, they are an invasive species that destroys the environment and spreads disease. If you recall the spinach E. Coli thing a few years ago, that was from wild hog excrement in the fields. It is a service to the community to eradicate these animals as quickly as possible before they become a real problem.

  4. Rod Mack November 28, 2011 / 3:17 pm

    Don, I live close by in Oldham County, and I have definitely heard they are down around the 16 mile creek area. I would be interested in a bringing a few guys with me to help eradicate your issues.

  5. Alan Mullins March 18, 2012 / 2:51 pm

    I have been wanting to kill wild hogs with my son for years. I live up near the Ohio River and there just aren’t any here. I’d be tickled pink to find a place to hunt these critters.

  6. Aimee Vara June 30, 2012 / 2:28 am

    Really informative blog.Really thank you! Really Cool.

  7. Kendall Vandgrift July 19, 2012 / 1:24 pm

    Was wondering if there would be a possibility to be able to bow hunt the wild hogs in Jefferson memorial forest, and is there somewhere I could find more info. Thanks

  8. paul pitts September 1, 2012 / 3:13 pm

    i would love to hunt hogs, anytime of year. not just for land preservation but for food aswell. our church feeds the needy twice a week and i could think of nothing better that to bring them a freezer full of wild hog. of course some would go in our freezer aswell. my brothers and som hunt and would hunt them as a team. anyone having a problem with hogs feel free to respond.

  9. Bob Griffin September 13, 2012 / 7:34 pm

    I and my hunting partner are experienced hog hunters and we have been traveling to Texas, Alabama, Georgia, and Arkansas to elimate them. We are both retired military veterans and expert marksmen. We do all of our own field dressing and quartering on site. The meat is not wasted. We just harvested four in August near Eufaula, AL. I give the meat packaged and frozen to the needy. I am looking for places to go and help farmers at least cut down the population. We also have night hunting equipment to aid the hunt as most hogs move at night.

    • Alan Mullins April 11, 2013 / 6:16 pm

      Hit me up on here. I’ve been wanting to hunt hogs forever and there are just none in my area. I’d love to get some insight on where to go and the like.

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