pigs have been in Florida since the 16th century (read, "After 500 years, it's time to welcome wild pigs as a native Florida animal"). Spanish explorer
Hernando de Soto had a herd of pigs with him when his ships landed
in Florida in 1539. Although de Soto never found the gold that
he was searching for, pigs soon established a breeding population. Today, wild pigs are found in every one of Florida’s
67 counties. Over the centuries, wild pigs have found a place in Florida's ecosystem, and 'native' species have come to depend on them (wild pigs make up as much as 40% of the diet of the endangered Florida panther).
pigs are intelligent, adaptable animals. Despite their sharp tusks and large size (they
can weigh more than 300 pounds), wild pigs are wary of humans. Contrary to popular belief, wild pigs do not carry diseases
that are easily transmissible to humans.
pigs with dogs
ARFF is opposed to all bloodsports—the recreational killing
and maiming of animals—but the hunting of wild pigs is
pigs are sometimes shot by “still” hunters waiting
in a tree stand, but more common is the use of dogs to find, chase
and attack pigs. Upon
finding a pig, a dog pack will chase the animal until he or she
is exhausted. Hunters follow on foot or in swamp buggies.
"I had a spear I had made out of a bayonet and a hoe handle. So I got down there and when I got down by the little creek, he decided to stand his ground. In other words he came after me. I stuck him with that spear two or three times and it didn’t do anything but just make him mad. You’ve got to get them in the vitals."
– description of a hunt, The Destin Log, January 27, 2012
"Breaking away from the dogs, the hog charged me. Piercing the hog with my spear, the spearhead broke off in the hog, the hog retreated to the bush. As I approached it again, it charged in a last attempt for its life. Once again I pierced the hog and held it off as it forced against the spear. As she weakened, I got a couple more stabs to finish her off."
– description of a March 2011 hunt, from the website of a Florida hunting guide
the dogs are restrained, the pig can suffer horrible injuries.
Sometimes, a wounded pig will escape, only to later die a lingering
crudely kill pigs with knives, as a firearm would endanger their
dogs. Other unethical and inhumane weapons used to kill pigs include spears
will often castrate a young male pig, without anesthesia, before
releasing him. The hunters believe that the animal will grow fatter
and have better-tasting flesh when captured in the future.
can also be badly injured. On dog-hunting websites, hunters discuss
how to dress wounds, deal with torn ears, lung punctures and what
to do “if a dog gets gutted."