A&E has gotten downright piggish. The network announced a new summertime series, “American Hoggers,” which will follow the Campbell family and their struggle to rescue Texas residents and ranches from the devastating chaos caused by millions of invasive wild boars. Produced by Thom Beers, the man responsible for “Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers,” and “Storage Wars,” the show premieres August 16. “Each episode of “American Hoggers” follows former Texas Ranger and legendary hog hunter Jerry Campbell, 64, his level-headed son, Robert, 28, and firecracker daughter, Krystal, 23, as they respond to those threatened by feral hogs, the network’s press release said. “Located in the heart of Texas, the family dedicates itself to the front lines, riding horseback, driving a custom-rigged Jeep, using highly trained dogs with GPS tracking systems and employing good old-fashioned know-how to help those endangered by these destructive beasts. Clad in chaps and cowboy boots, the family sets out in each episode to square off against these extremely intelligent animals that are terrorizing helpless landowners.” Sounds a bit of overkill, with a touch of Ralph Lauren. We’ll see. Meanwhile:
FACT #1 YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT WILD BOARS:
Half of the wild boar population in America lives on the Texas countryside.
Feral hogs have caused over $50 million per year in damage to the state of Texas alone.
FACT #1 YOU PROBABLY KNEW ABOUT WILD BOARS THAT MAKE THEM SOUND LIKE HUMAN BEINGS:
They have insatiable appetites, violent temperaments and can grow up to 400 pounds.