Where Do Wild Pigs Live?

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The wild pig, or wild boar, lives in the forests of Europe, Asia and Northwest Africa. Four main subspecies exist, although some experts believe there are as many as 25 subspecies in existence. One distinguishing difference between subspecies is color, as wild boars worldwide are similar in size and shape.

Like the domestic pig, the wild boar is an opportunistic feeder able digest a wide array of plant and animal material. Wild boars can grow to impressive sizes, reaching almost 40 inches in height and weighing nearly 400 pounds. During the day, wild boars sleep in foliage and brush for 12 hours before emerging at night to feed. Male boars are solitary, except in breeding season, while females belong to groups called sounders.