Stealthy and able to live in all different types of conditions, invasive wild boars native to Eurasia are proliferating and mating with escaped farm hogs in the wild, creating a diverse-genetic army that is decimating forests and farms throughout the U.S. These menacing hogs crash through forests, scarfing up acorns that could have one day become mighty oak trees and ripping out precious forest-floor flora, including endangered native plants that keep the ecosystem healthy and able to support life.
In some states, you can legally kill the beast while hunting. Landers says you cook it just like any other pork, bearing in mind that the fat content will be lower and you won't get as much bacon out of a wild pig compared to a farm pig.
Supermarket Fix: If you’re not going to take up hunting wild boars, ask your grocery store to carry pastured pork, or find a local farmer in your area and buy direct. While tough regulations make it hard to offer wild pork for sale, there are a few butcher shops that are sourcing the wild meat.
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