John J. Mayer

Savannah River National Laboratory, Battelle Savannah River Alliance, Aiken, SC 29808

Size and Composition as a Proxy for Identification of Wild Pig Sounders

SEAFWA Journal Volume 11, March 2024

Management of wild pigs (Sus scrofa) typically employs some form of population survey methodology, and trail cameras are the most common tool for conducting these surveys. Identification of individual sounders is generally at the foundation of these population surveys. Pelage characteristics and relative age distribution of individuals within the sounder coupled with total sounder size are common characteristics used to identify unique sounders. However, in many populations, the pelage of many wild pigs is either black or wild/grizzled, making pelage characteristics unreliable for...