The history of the Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is one that began as a sport around 1900.
This “sport” quickly grew (seriously out of control) when the first hogs that were brought to the Appalachian region in North Carolina and held at Hooper's Bald. It was about that time that these large and hearty 300+ lb. feral hogs escaped their pens in North Carolina and began populating all across the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A mother hog or “sow” can birth up to 12 piglets in a single litter each year. The numbers obviously grew at an alarming rate and soon the Wild Boar was well entrenched into the local mountain areas. It is currently believed there are over 500 wild boars in the National Park today. They are a vicious, unpredictable, basically good-for-nothing menace and have become an ecological nuisance!