Feral hogs (wild hogs) are not native to Florida and were first introduced to Florida by Spanish explorers as a source of food. As with other introduced exotic species, feral hogs have negative impacts on numerous native species (especially ground nesting birds and snakes) and are responsible for millions of dollars in damages to residential property each year. Feral hogs are hardy and prolific; having 1-2 litters of 5-6 piglets each year and have few predators. Exotic/invasive species often serve as carriers for pathogens and parasites which native species have no defense. Brucellosis is a common bacterial infection among feral hogs that can be easily spread from animals to humans.
Feral hogs are dangerous and will readily attack when they feel threatened. Do not attempt to approach feral hogs. Do not attempt to approach feral hogs in traps as there is a possibility they will become agitated and attempt escape. This may cause damage to the trap or injury to the animal. If you see a trapped animal on county property contact Charlotte County Natural Resources at 941.613.3220 and report the location of the trap and the property you observed the trap on.