Wild boar have been found in North America since the 15th century when European explorers released the animals from their ships. The first known infestation occurred in the West Indies by Christopher Columbus but the mainland soon followed, as did Hawaii. Some of the boars escaped, and others were released intentionally for sport hunting. Wild boar are the ancestors of domesticated pigs and that connection allows the two to mate when pigs escape and become feral. Areas such as Florida and Texas are especially hard-hit by these aggressive and successful animals. These states both have extensive hunting and trapping in an attempt to control the numbers.
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