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.
These two pig track pictures illustrate track aging. The first picture is a fresh pig track. I took this picture no more than five minutes after the pig left it. The picture on the right is the same track after 38 days. In that time, there had been rain, freezing temperatures, and even snow that stayed on the ground for six days. Even after all that, it is still recognizable as a pig track. This track lasted until the river level came up in a big rainstorm about a week after I took this picture. It would probably still be visible if it hadn't been washed away by high water.
Here's the track maker himself.
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!
I recently ran across a pig while I was walking toward the Eel River. It grunted and snorted as it dashed across my trail. Running away from me, it stopped every so often to look back and see if I was following it. I snapped off some pictures as I followed it down the river bar. It entered the water, swam the river, and climbed out on the opposite bank. Then, it sauntered off, knowing I couldn't follow it. This pig had small tusks, and probably weighed 200 pounds.
|Here's the pig in the river, getting ready to climb out. Tusks are barely visible in this photo.|
The photo below shows the pig tracks where it entered the river and swam across.
Find wild pig and other animal 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:
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!
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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.
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