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Wild Hogs Frustrate Irving Homeowners

By Andrea Lucia, CBS 11 News
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One of the wild hogs caught by the City of Irving.

One of the wild hogs caught by the City of Irving.

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IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) – Frances Mitchell takes a lot of pride in her front lawn. So, when she walked out two weeks ago to find it ruined, it gave her quite a shock.

“I had a very nice yard. Yes, I did,” she said. “Opened the door and said Oh my God!”

The culprit responsible came as an even bigger surprise. Neighbors in south Irving say wild hogs have been tearing up their yards, ripping down to the dirt and burrowing crude holes.

To help catch the pigs, the City of Irving put out traps. So far, they’ve caught at least three, weighing as much as 200 pounds.

“I saw the teeth on it, and it was like a monster,” said Lane Thompson, Mitchell’s grandson.

The city’s consultant said they’re not monsters, just animals looking for a new home. He claims recent flooding of the Trinity River forced the pigs to leave their former habitat in the flood plains.

Mitchell says it’s the first time in her 35 years living in Irving that she’s had a problem with pigs, and she has no sympathy for the intruders.

“No. None. Whatsoever,” she said.

She just wants them gone. The city consultant said all the pigs caught are sold off for their meat. The money raised will go to promote wildlife education, he said.

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