|Wild hogs will breed
year round, but births peak in spring and fall. Gestation is 114
days, and a sow will give birth to anywhere from 1 to a dozen piglets.
She can have 2 litters a year.
The sow is a superb protectoress of her young. Sows can form cooperative groups, and in danger will place their piglets in the center of their vicious circle of snapping, foaming jaws. It is not necessary to threaten a piglet to invoke the wrath of the sow...like a bear sow, just being near her young one can be enough provocation.
Maternal family groups can travel together as well as back each other against danger. These groups are called "drifts" or "sounders". The boars though are solitary.
Boars will mate with any sow in season, often battling for the opportunity, and do not remain to perform any familial duties.
|One of our wild sows and her nursing piglets.|
|The same family unit walking off due to my presence at 100 yards. Had I been approaching they would have run off at top speed. The mother sows truly are fearless when they think their pigs are threatened.|
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