Throughout North America, non-native wild pigs have become an ecologically and economically destructive invasive species. Though they are regarded as a popular game species by some, provide economic benefits to others, and are even engrained into societal heritage in some areas, wild pigs are responsible for an extraordinary amount of damage in both natural and anthropogenic systems throughout North America. As the density and range of wild pig habitat have substantially increased over the last several decades, the magnitude and diversity of their negative impacts are not yet fully realized or quantified. With various conflicts continually emerging, wild pig management is difficult and expensive to achieve. As a result, wild pigs represent one of the greatest wildlife management challenges North America faces in the 21st century.

Invasive Wild Pigs in North America: Ecology, Impacts, and Management addresses all aspects of wild pig biology, ecology, damage, and management in a single comprehensive volume. It assimilates and organizes information on the most destructive introduced vertebrate species in the United States, establishing a foundation from which managers, researchers, policy makers, and other stakeholders can build upon into the future. The book provides comprehensive coverage of wild pig biology and ecology, techniques for management and research, and regional chapters. It is an asset to readers interested in wild pigs, the resources they impact, and how to mitigate those impacts, and establishes a vision of the future of wild pigs in North America.


  • Compiles valuable knowledge for a broad audience including wild pig managers, researchers, adversaries, and enthusiasts from across North America
  • Addresses taxonomy, morphology, genetics, physiology, spatial ecology, population dynamics, diseases and parasites, and the naturalized niche of wild pigs
  • Includes chapters on damage to resources, management, research methods, human dimensions and education, and policy and legislation
  • Contains full color images and case studies of interesting and informative situations being created by wild pigs throughout North America
  • Includes a chapter on wild pigs at the wildland–urban interface, a more recent and especially challenging issue

chapter 1|5 pages


ByKurt C. VerCauteren, John J. Mayer, James C. Beasley, Stephen S. Ditchkoff, Gary J. Roloff, Bronson K. Strickland

chapter 2|25 pages

Wild Pig Taxonomy, Morphology, Genetics, and Physiology

ByJohn J. Mayer, Timothy J. Smyser, Antoinette J. Piaggio, Stam M. Zervanos

chapter 3|24 pages

Wild Pig Spatial Ecology and Behavior

BySteven M. Gray, Gary J. Roloff, Robert A. Montgomery, James C. Beasley, Kim M. Pepin

chapter 4|26 pages

Wild Pig Population Dynamics

ByNathan P. Snow, Ryan S. Miller, James C. Beasley, Kim M. Pepin

chapter 5|44 pages

Diseases and Parasites That Impact Wild Pigs and Species They Contact

ByJoseph L. Corn, Michael J. Yabsley

chapter 6|15 pages

The Naturalized Niche of Wild Pigs in North America

ByPeter E. Schlichting, James C. Beasley, Kurt C. VerCauteren

chapter 7|26 pages

Wild Pig Damage to Resources

ByBronson K. Strickland, Mark D. Smith, Andrew L. Smith

chapter 8|23 pages

Management of Wild Pigs

ByStephen S. Ditchkoff, Michael J. Bodenchuk

chapter 9|29 pages

Research Methods for Wild Pigs

ByJames C. Beasley, Michael J. Lavelle, David A. Keiter, Kim M. Pepin, Antoinette J. Piaggio, John C. Kilgo, Kurt C. VerCauteren

chapter 10|15 pages

Human Dimensions and Education Associated with Wild Pigs in North America

ByMichael T. Mengak, Craig A. Miller

chapter 11|23 pages

Wild Pig Policy and Legislation

ByAndrew L. Smith

chapter 12|29 pages

Wild Pigs in Western North America

ByMichael P. Glow, John J. Mayer, Bethany A. Friesenhahn, Kurt C. VerCauteren

chapter 13|13 pages

Wild Pigs in North-Central North America

ByRyan K. Brook, Michael P. Glow

chapter 14|23 pages

Wild Pigs in Northeastern North America

ByDwayne R. Etter, Melissa Nichols, Karmen M. Hollis-Etter

chapter 15|22 pages

Wild Pigs in South-Central North America

ByJoshua A. Gaskamp, James C. Cathey, Billy Higginbotham, Michael J. Bodenchuk

chapter 16|34 pages

Wild Pigs in Southeastern North America

ByJohn J. Mayer, James C. Beasley, Raoul K. Boughton, Stephen S. Ditchkoff

chapter 17|19 pages

Wild Pigs in the Pacific Islands

BySteven C. Hess, Nathaniel H. Wehr, Creighton M. Litton

chapter 18|16 pages

Wild Pigs in Mexico and the Caribbean

ByJ. Alfonso Ortega-S, Johanna Delgado-Acevedo, Jorge G. Villarreal-González, Rafael Borroto-Páez, Roberto Tamez-González

chapter 19|25 pages

Wild Pig Populations along the Urban Gradient

ByJesse S. Lewis, Kurt C. VerCauteren, Robert M. Denkhaus, John J. Mayer

chapter 20|5 pages

The Future of Wild Pigs in North America

ByStephen S. Ditchkoff, James C. Beasley, John J. Mayer, Gary J. Roloff, Bronson K. Strickland, Kurt C. VerCauteren