You actually get winter in Northern California, right? I would think the hogs would hate that.
Studying the biology and some history of feral pigs says so much of the population has some degree of Eurasian Wild Boar, Russian boar, that they can indeed thrive in cold climates..
is hunting with guns effective, or even permitted ? I know that they have been thinking about this problem / solution for years.
Yes and no it seems... Again studying the efforts of trappers in the US south saying shooting will many times split up a sounder of hogs into smaller groups that form there own sounders.. Like said typical sounders seem to range from 10 - 30 animals..
Hogs have been in southern Alberta for a while now and they did not want you to shoot pigs as there effort was geared towards trapping, elimination of the whole sounder at once.. My brother in law in northern Alberta does custom plant, harvest, feed lot cleaning work.. He says he sees a lot of hogs now.. That area has a bounty on hogs shot and turned in...
Scardychicken.... If there are feral hogs in BC I would expect it to be the lowest of the lower mainland.. ?? Also, yes, my red neck, Cajun, swamp savage Gulf coast cousins say it is VERY good eating... But at times they are not very picky what they cook up.... Best not to question what is in the pot at times.. Maybe that is why they use so much hot sauce... eh...