Wild Pigs

Wild Pig Tracks

Natural History of Wild Pigs

Wild pigs are not native animals in most areas. The wild pigs in most regions are descendants of domestic swine brought here by the original homesteaders. Over the years, some of these domestic animals escaped and went wild. Today, their descendants may be found in various locations.

Pigs can grow to 300 pounds or more. They dig for roots and eat acorns and fallen fruit. They also eat nuts, grasses, fruit, small amphibians, eggs, small mammals, and carrion. In the spring, a litter of piglets is born to each sow. There can be a dozen in the litter. The adult males have tusks and can be aggressive. If you encounter a wild pig while hiking, keep your distance.

They are active dawn and dusk and are strong and agile. They move about in family groups and are strong swimmers and fast runners.

Personal Notes on Wild Pigs

I encountered one rather large sow one night as I drove down a dirt road in the horse campground. It heard me coming, but stood still until I was almost upon it. Then, it sauntered across the road and up a hill.

Some of the pig tracks Iíve found have been huge. One I measured was at least four inches long and very deep. The pigs in my area grow quite large!


Find wild boar posters, greeting cards, t-shirts, hats, and more in my new store.

Now available: "Animals Don't Cover Their Tracks - An Introduction to Animal Tracking" on CD! (Version 3.0) New drawings, more species, more photos, more extensive sections on tracking humans, more detailed directions for plaster casting, mystery tracks section, tracking stories section, and more. The CD features over 100 species, including special bonus sections with the tracks of some African and Australian animals. A large section on tracking lost people for search and rescue is included, with over four pages of photos showing the details of tracks and signs people leave. Easy to use format. This web site is limited by bandwidth, but the CD-ROM is not. The CD is available in my online store at: www.dirt-time.com  Works with Mac or PC. Happy tracking!!

What else can you find in the nature store? Beartracker's animal tracks coloring book, T-shirts, sweatshirts, journals, book bags, toddler and infant apparel, mouse pads, posters, postcards, coffee mugs, travel mugs, clocks, Frisbees, bumper stickers, hats, stickers, and many more items. All with tracks or paw  prints, or nature scenes. Custom products are available. If you don't see the track you want on the product you want, email me and I can probably create it. Proceeds from all sales go to pay the monthly fees for this web site. You can help support this site as well as get great tracking products! Thank you!


Find other tracking products: www.zazzle.com/tracker8459*


Also visit these fine stores for more products of interest:

NDN Pride shop - For Indian Pride items for all tribes. Custom items available on request.

ASL Signs of Love - For anyone who uses or is learning ASL, American Sign Language. Custom name items and more are available here.

Sales from all stores give commissions to Beartracker's Animal Tracks Den, which helps keep this site online as a free service. We are celebrating ten years online this year!



prints prints

Got a wild pig story? E-mail me and tell me about it.


Back to Animal Tracks of Humboldt County

Copyright © 1997-2008. Text and drawings by Kim A. Cabrera