If swine flu ever contaminates the feral animals in Texas in force, you're probably looking at a major epidemic and those ranchers/farmers and "hog safari" property owners who maintain feral animals for profit can count themselves as major contributors to any health crisis.
There is a scenario that farmer/ranchers in OK and TX should be terrified of: An outbreak of hoof and mouth disease spread by wild hogs.
Live wild hogs hogs are being hauled all over OK and TX as we speak: The laws on transportation and sale of wild hogs are being ignored. i know guys who haul wild hogs from OK to TX processors who sell the meat overseas: That is in violation of federal law. Most wild hog trappers in OK sell their hogs to the so called "hunting ranches".
i often check our hog traps alone. If there are ever more hogs than i can give away, the carcasses will be dumped in the ravine gut pile for the coyotes.
now whether you agree or disagree on what other people do on their own property is also irrelevent,
Not so. In OK it's illegal to introduce hogs into the wild, period. It might would be irrelevant if there were an escape proof enclosure. IME: None of these guys have hog proof enclosures. When wild hogs are introduced onto my neighbors property and they come onto my property that makes it my business. One of my properties is overrun with hogs because multiple idiot neighbors released hogs. One of those nuts pi$$ed and moaned after i caught all the 23 wild hogs he released in my corral trap. Shot and field dressed them all, loaded them on a big trailer and ran around all day giving away hogs.