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So pleased to hear that you have been seeing hogs again. You might be right that it’s because you have been sitting out later. But it may also be that they have been venturing further afield to find food in the difficult weather conditions. There are always certain times of the year when a lot of people find hogs seem to ‘disappear’ and it may be, partly, that they just try out other places instead. So, sadly, I’m not sure that there are more hogs around, generally, and research seems to indicate that there aren’t. But it’s lovely to have them around when they choose to be.
If we all do our best to improve the habitat in our gardens and encourage others to do the same, things might start looking up for them. The other really important thing is to link gardens together with holes in fences or walls so that they can gain access to more gardens. This could hopefully mean that they wouldn’t have to cross roads so much to find suitable habitat.
I hope you continue to enjoy their visits. Happy hog watching!