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    Why no Hogs in northern climates?

    Why is it there are no Hogs in the upper midwest? Seems they are hearty enough for cold weather after all Russian boar come from Russia where it gets plenty cold and I've heard of them in Germany. Yet while they seem to thrive in the southern U.S. There just aren't any up here in the northern climes. Is this one of those "Damn Yankee" things.

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    Because you are lucky, that's why. They do an incredible amount of crop damage here in Texas.

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    More natural (carnivorous) predators?

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    Didn't mean to imply that we want them here, just curious as to why the area is less habitable to them.
    As far as predators go maybe in the north woods where black bears and timber wolves are common but Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Ohio not hardly.
    I can understand places where the temp's drop to the -20's and more in winter, only us yuppers are crazy enough to live in that.

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    It’s possible that they are just not up here yet, unfortunately they

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    They are moving North here so just a matter of time not taking in to consideration relocation and release speeding up the process.

    Just looked it up and they are established in Canada and moving South too.
    Last edited by jsbhike; 02-16-19 at 16:11.

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    I think in part it is because as a species they have acclimated to the warmer southern climate, with an abundance of food and plenty of space to rove, forage and spawn. As mentioned above, predation appears low enough to not drive the hogs away. Why leave a hospitable environment?

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    Predation may be part of the reason why they’re so prolific down south, but having raised them I can tell you that they are smart, tenacious and adaptive as hell. Cold weather doesn’t faze them, either. More than once I’ve looked out and they’re sleeping in snow in freezing temps even though there’s a perfectly nice pen hutch nearby

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    1. they didnt make it up this far yet.
    2. they are an invasive species, and as such, its open season all day, every day, all year to keep them from coming up here.
    3. lets hope it stays that way.

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    There are feral hogs in the Midwest. Most seem to be domesticated animals that get away from producers. I am familiar with one smaller herd that is a decade old. I look at similar to feral dogs inbreeding with coyotes on occasion. At the same time, mountain lions seem to be making a serious push into the same multistate area.

    Natural predation, snow cover and prolonged cold are generally inhospitable for most invasive species in the Upper Midwest.

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