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(19 April 2014)  My name is Tim Bondy and the owner of this website.  As of Jan 1st, 2014 we moved to a different domain.  Please head over to the Bondy Blogs Website at  Different address, different system but same type of great articles, photos, stories and information. 

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Wild Hogs in Your Backyard?

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Bruneau Valley of Owyhee County has the dubious distinction of being the new home to the "Feral Hog".  Bad News!

 Idaho has feral hogs living here

According to an article on the Capital Press - The West's Ag Website , feral pigs have been spotted by wildlife cameras in the Bruneau Valley south of Mountain Home, Idaho.  This is bad news for Idaho as they can spread disease, rip up the landscape and can present a rather dangerous situation if you encounter one of these animals.  This concerns me somewhat as I spend  a good bit of time down the the Owyhee's.  

Hopefully this invasive species sometimes called the European boar, wild boar, wild swine, feral swine or razorback will not gain a foothold in Idaho as they can be almost impossible to eradicate.  If you do encounter a feral hog, I suspect it would be a good idea to report the sighting to the Idaho Department of Agriculture and/or Fish and Game.

 The track of a feral razorback hog

You can read about the feral hog in the following websites
The Capital Press Article :
Razorback Wikipedia:
Texas Department of Agriculture :,1987,1848_5446_0_0,00.html?channel=5446
Texas A & M website :

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Tim Bondy
The Bondyweb.Com webmaster

Comments (2)
  • harry

    Its bad that the feral hogs are here in Idaho, but the problem after introduction is limited acces on private property. I know a lot of hunters like to eradicate them but are not allowed access or do not know the landowners involved. Therefore eradication will not work since F&G cant control them due to lack of manpower

  • Jack  - Feral Hogs

    I can guarantee you that if they are not controlled soon they will be totally out of control. They breed like rabbits and can become very hard to control by hunters. I have hunted them many times throughout 25 years of hunting and know just what kind of threats these pigs pose and the devastation they cause as well as the dangers of hunting them. They are a real nuisance. They can be spotlighted at night but beings the Fish & game won't allow you to spotlight them, that means of hunting is out of the question. If the ranchers want them killed off then they better work with sportsman rather quickly or they will be very sorry they didn't act sooner.

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