The Ohio Division of Wildlife is getting ever more worried about the mushrooming population of wild pigs in the state, and they're asking deer hunters, or any other kind of archer or gunner to kill them at every opportunity. So, area outdoorsmen who like to hunt in southern, southeastern, and even eastern Ohio just might find their sport more exciting than usual this fall.
The animals have been reported in 18 counties so far, with the closest being Knox and Hocking, and there's little question that it'll soon be 20 counties, then 25, then more. Where did they come from? Some of the pigs, also called razorbacks or wild boars, might have come in from West Virginia or Kentucky (they're good swimmers), but most are escapees from commercial hunting farms in southern and southeastern Ohio. They're kept inside so-called hog proof fences, but hogs are smart, smarter than dogs, and they often find a way to wiggle through or dig under the wire.