FERAL HOGS National Park Service

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?”

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:



Arkansas native Billy Fleming managed to work some commentary into the feral hogs meme:

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 itโ€™s unlikely that sounders are comprised of 30-50 hogs. โ€œI guess it’s possible, but that’s very large,โ€ [spokesman Keith] Stephens said. โ€œThe typical size we see is usually less than 20.โ€

They do carry a risk, to be sure. โ€œMostly they destroy residential yards, agricultural crops, native habitat and ecosystems,โ€ he explained. โ€œThey’ve also been known to destroy cultural and historical sites such as cemeteries. They can carry diseases such as swine brucellosis and pseudorabies.โ€

And as for what to do if youโ€™re set upon by 30-50 feral hogs? โ€œIf 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.โ€