There’s a common saying among rural landowners in our area: If you don’t have a wild pig problem, just give it some time and you will.

Feral hogs, wild pigs or whatever other name you have for these awful pests, they are a common problem. Make no mistake, while they don’t look particularly bright, they are very, very smart. Their keen ability to learn has made this destructive pest impossible to eliminate.

Cary Sims is the county Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources for Angelina County. His email address is