- Twitter is awash with jokes about “30-50 feral hogs.”
- In the wake of the mass shootings in Ohio and Texas over the weekend, an Arkansas father’s tweet defending assault weapons went viral.
- “Legit question for rural Americans – How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?” William McNabb tweeted on Sunday.
- The absurdity of the question struck a chord with the general public, and people inundated Twitter with jokes and memes at McNabb’s expense.
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If you’ve been on Twitter in the past 24 hours, you might have noticed something.
Everyone is talking about “30-50 feral hogs,” mostly in relation to them attacking your small kids in the yard “within 3-5 mins.”
This unusual discourse started when the musician Jason Isbell tweeted on Sunday: “If you’re on here arguing the definition of ‘assault weapon’ today you are part of the problem. You know what an assault weapon is, and you know you don’t need one.”
If you’re on here arguing the definition of “assault weapon” today you are part of the problem. You know what an assault weapon is, and you know you don’t need one.
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) August 4, 2019
Isbell’s tweet was posted in the wake of the two mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
In response, William McNabb, whose Twitter bio says he’s a libertarian who lives in Arkansas, tweeted: “Legit question for rural Americans – How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?”
Legit question for rural Americans – How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?
— Willie McNabb (@WillieMcNabb) August 4, 2019
Maybe it was the specificity of the numbers in McNabb’s tweet. Maybe it was the sheer size of the hog gang terrorizing him and his family. Maybe it was the assumption that all rural Americans regularly have to open fire on large groups of hogs invading their property. Maybe it was simply the phrase “feral hogs.”
Whatever it was, McNabb’s innocent query captured the imagination of the general public, and people flooded Twitter with jokes and memes about feral hogs.
Here are some of the best:
My kids: *trying to play in the yard for 5 mins*
30-50 feral hogs: pic.twitter.com/B2sUEyRZq4
— James Nesbolingoli (@James__Nesbitt) August 5, 2019
sorry boss can’t come in. 30-50 feral hogs came running into my yard again. yeah. about 3-5 mins. where my children play. yeah. see you tomorrow
— beth mccoll (@imteddybless) August 5, 2019
30-50 FERAL HOGS IN YOUR AREA
— cool cud (@kamilumin) August 5, 2019
— eric curtin (@dubstep4dads) August 5, 2019
???? 30-50 Feral Hogs
???? Small kids in a yard
— dirk diggler (@TakeForGrantd) August 5, 2019
— Shan (@Levymealone_) August 6, 2019
— mags (@maggothershey) August 6, 2019
— Gnom Icide (@GnomdePlume) August 5, 2019
While McNabb has provided some much-needed light relief in the wake of the tragedy, The Guardian noted that the abundance of feral hogs in some Southern states is a real issue.
Evan Wood, an editor for Missouri Life magazine, told The Guardian: “They are actually a huge problem, both on private property and public lands. They live in groups (called sounders) of up to 60 hogs. They are very harmful for farmers because when they eat, they upturn the ground to get things out.”
But Wood added that using an assault rifle to tackle a sounder of hogs probably wouldn’t get you very far.
“If you go after them with a gun, your chances of getting all of them at once are pretty much nil, even if there are only like 10 of them,” he said.
GQ spoke with Keith Stephens, a representative for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, who said a sounder the size that McNabb described was very unlikely.
“The typical size we see is usually less than 20,” he said, adding, “If you’re in Arkansas, the best way to handle this is to contact the US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services or the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.”
While the hogs are a real concern, the consensus of the experts seems to be: Let the professionals deal with it.
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