Three Fun Facts About Wild Hogs
- Wild boars are nocturnal animals (active during the night). They will spend 12h in sleep during the day, hidden in the nests made of leaves.
- An acute sense of smell allows wild boars to detect an edible root or tuber 25 cm (10 inches) below the soil.
- Wild boars tend to live in groups that are made up of 6 to 20 members, but may contain over 100 individuals.
Encountered a Wild Hog?
The increase in the population of wild boars may result in a higher frequency of human-wild boar conflict as they wander into parks, public roads and residential areas. Although they appear shy, they are still wild animals and are unpredictable in behavior which could pose a risk to public safety.
Like many other wild animals, wild boars will only attack if they are cornered or if they feel threatened. Female wild boars are very protective of their young and can easily be provoked. Wild boars are strong animals that can run relatively fast.
If encountered, be calm and move slowly away from the animal. Do not attempt to approach or feed the animal. Keep a safe distance and do not corner or provoke the animal (i.e. by using flash to take photos of animal). If you see adults with piglets, leave them alone. These are potentially more dangerous because they may attempt to defend their young.