Why do feral hogs rub on trees?

Feral hogs will rub on trees, fence posts, utility poles, and other objects in an effort to control external parasites. These are called rubs and are not breeding or territory related.  Sometimes rubs are also used to simply scratch an itch.Feral hog rub on utility pole.

What does a feral hog track look like?

Feral hog tracks are similar to white-tailed deer tracks in size, but feral hog tracks are broader and have more rounded front toes than the pointed front toes of deer.  Also, if feral hog tracks show dew claws, they are wider than the front toes, whereas in white-tailed deer the dew claws are mostly the same width as the front toes.

Feral hog tracks.     

Feral hog track, note the wide-setting dew claws.


White-tailed deer track.

White-tailed deer track, note the dew claws are in line with …

Does Predation by Feral Hogs Cause Rattelsnakes to Stop Rattling

An internet story regarding the influence of feral hog predation on rattlesnakes has been widely distributed.  Essentially, the internet fervor relates back to fear of rattlesnakes.  As the stories go, rattlesnakes refrain from rattling because the noise attracts the attention of feral hogs, who then kill and consume the snake.  Not rattling is assumed to be a trait quickly evolved to avoid predation by feral hogs.  Non-rattling rattlesnakes are seen as a larger threat to the unknowing human that treads …