A 2004 survey conducted by Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Service placed annual damage to agriculture in Texas alone at $ 52 million with an additional $7 million spent by landowners to attempt to control the wild pigs and/or correct the damage. This is indeed a very conservative estimate. Other researchers suggest that damage per wild hog per year averages $200, but the problem there is that the assumption is made that a 40 pound pig causes as much damage as a 300 pound wild pig - which is unlikely. The total pig population in Texas has been estimated recently ( in 2011) at 2.6 million. However, estimates for the United States population as a whole are non-existent but “guesstimates” place that number between 4 million and 8 million wild animals. Some reports estimate total damage in the U.S. may be $1.5 billion annually. However, these damage estimates are in part based on population estimates, but again, a figure we don’t have a good handle on nationwide.