Since hogs can have pigs virtually year round, new litters are not unusual at any time. Right now I have three sows with piglets on my small property.

Sort of feeding at a feeder.

Sort of feeding at a feeder.

Sadly, I found a dead dog – a pit bull – near one feeder last week. I did not recognize the dogs as one I’ve seen on game camera pictures before, don’t know where it came from. No readily apparent trauma,appeared to be in good health = except dead. After the skin was co,ing off the carcass due to critters and weather, I could see one front leg appeared to be broken. This reinforced my theory that the dog happened upon the group of hogs at the feeder, and the sows probably pinned him against a nearby dead tree and fatally injured him with head butting – as sows do not always have the tusks to cut deeply. Mamma hogs can be VERY protective of their young.

Note also in the picture that the sow is feeding on corn while her young are nursing, but one little pigs has already begun eating corn?

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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