Shaggy-haired black and brown feral hogs, many bearing menacing tusks and weighing hundreds of pounds, resembling small buffalo, root, roam and proliferate throughout the Canyonlands.
Hundreds of years ago, upon early European exploration of the Texas lands, the Spaniards and French first released hogs into the wild. Americans in the 1930s brought Russian boars into the country and released them for hunting. Escaped domestic hogs have readily adapted to become feral. All these hogs interbreed and birth in apparent wild abandon, creating an astonishing number of large and prolific exotic animals.
Despite no hunting restrictions on these wild hogs, the adaptable omnivores continue their wild population explosion providing hunters the whole year with great prey and great fare.
The exotic, elusive Barbary sheep, the Aoudad, also hide in the Canyonlands as far east and south as Impossible Canyon.
Kuby's, a storied meat market in the heart of Dallas' upscale Park Cities, processes wild hogs into tender pork tenderloins and sausage, for hunters' tables across the Metroplex. For descriptions and prices,visit Kuby's online.
© Jim Watson