Over the weekend, American treasure and Twitter royalty Jason Isbell opined: “If you’re on here arguing the definition of ‘assault weapon’ today you are part of the problem. You know what an assault weapon is, and you know you don’t need one.” That inspired William McNabb, whose Twitter profile says is from El Dorado, to reply: “Legit question for rural Americans. How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?”
Legit question for rural Americans – How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?
— William McNabb (@WillieMcNabb) August 4, 2019
This notion that a vast herd of feral pigs could be coming for you and yours has the internet going nuts. #feralhogs has been trending on Twitter.
A sampling of some of the responses:
Feral hogs threatening my children by country:
— Daragh (@QDaragh) August 5, 2019
— Sara (@Kasarak2) August 6, 2019
ME: come over
30-50 FERAL HOGS: can't
ME: my small kids have been playing in the yard for 3-5 mins
30-50 FERAL HOGS: pic.twitter.com/Ug001ArgyL
— Hoodie Skull (@spookyDichotomy) August 6, 2019
— Leo (@LeonorParra08) August 6, 2019
— Betty Cracker (@bettycrackerfl) August 6, 2019
*I take a long drag from my cigarette as I stare out of my foxhole, hollow eyed at the treeline. The distant sounds of oinking coming nearer and nearer as the sun sets. The cold steel of my AR-15 the only thing that stands between those hogs and my kids behind me.
— Red Dave (@RedDave92) August 5, 2019
chillin' out, maxin', relaxin' real hard
shootin' some b-ball outside in the yard
when 30-50 hogs who were up to no good
started being feral in my neighborhood
it took 3-5 minutes & my dad got scared
he said "I need my big gun or I won't feel prepared"
— Laura Neale (@lauracricket) August 5, 2019
Arkansas native Billy Fleming managed to work some commentary into the feral hogs meme:
Do people outside of Arkansas know that Jerry Jones (yes, that Jerry Jones) gave the university millions of dollars to build this insane statue of a bunch of feral hogs? pic.twitter.com/UtpE1T0Lz2
— Billy Fleming (@JooBilly) August 5, 2019
GQ reached out to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to find out some facts on the threat of feral hogs:
For starters, groups of feral hogs are known as sounders, though it’s unlikely that sounders are comprised of 30-50 hogs. “I guess it’s possible, but that’s very large,” [spokesman Keith] Stephens said. “The typical size we see is usually less than 20.”
They do carry a risk, to be sure. “Mostly they destroy residential yards, agricultural crops, native habitat and ecosystems,” he explained. “They’ve also been known to destroy cultural and historical sites such as cemeteries. They can carry diseases such as swine brucellosis and pseudorabies.”
And as for what to do if you’re set upon by 30-50 feral hogs? “If you’re in Arkansas, the best way to handle this is to contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services or the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.”