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Wild Hogs Continue To Terrorize Lawns Near Trinity River

By Joel Thomas, CBS 11 News

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The dirt in Fran Brown’s yard is churned and ripped up. Her flowerbed is destroyed. Brown – who, ironically, is a landscaper – has a home near the Trinity River corridor, and for her yard and many others, the winter season has gone hog wild.

“This looks like someone came through here with a tractor and a plow,” Brown said while standing in the middle of her overturned lawn. Feral hogs have descended on Brown’s property.

“They got up in here and tore it all up last night. We had a beautiful yard. I’ve worked on it for fourteen years. I’m devastated,” she said.

Biologists said hogs are spreading down the entire river corridor, and yards with as much vegetation as Brown’s are almost irresistible to the animals.

“You’ve got grubs in the yard,” said Brett Johnson, a biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “You’ve roots from the Saint Augustine. Its just real attractive to them.”

The state agency that traps the hogs is spread far too thin over 50-plus counties. So it’s put some of the pressure on cities and counties.

But some cities, like Fort Worth, say the animals are outside their authority, because the hogs are essentially wild game.

However, state experts said the animals are considered nuisance animals and can be trapped or hunted at any time. The key is working within the city’s regulations.

“Talk to their city officials and get on it,” Johnson said. “If you get on it early you have a chance of controlling their numbers.”

The Texas Department of Agriculture launched an education effort in October called Get the Hog Outta Texas, aimed to “curb the ongoing problem and decrease the state’s feral hog population.” The county that legally trapped or killed the most feral hogs won a grant.

Shortly after the program was announced, Southlake trapped 13 feral hogs. In November, wild hogs homed in on South Irving lawns. The city trapped three total, some of which weighed more than 200 pounds.

According to the Texas Department of Agriculture, there are as many as 2 million feral hogs roaming through Texas. They cause an estimated $400 million in damages annually.

“These hogs, which number in the millions and are capable of breeding twice a year, wreak havoc on property and also can pose a health threat to humans through disease and automobile accidents,” said Todd Staples, Texas Agriculture Commissioner, in a release.

  • Steven

    I would like a name and phone number to contact.
    Has the state agency tried contascting and working with groups of local hunters? The hogs can be harvested. Hunters take what they wnat to eat and donate the rest to those with hardship that need meat

  • s johnson

    I believe the problem is because the DFW area is just exploding and we are taking up the wild animals habitat and food supply. This applies to all the problems the city residents are having with wild animals killing their pets. . Wild animals do not want to have anything to do with humans or our pets(because they have human smell on them.). But when their habitat and food supply is diminished they will go for easy prey. We kill their food(rats mice snakes) feed birds (attracts rodents)Feeding birds is great but we need to know the problems.I live in the country. I have no problem with wild animals or rodents. I feel I live in harmony with wildlife. Thanks for letting me share my thoughts.

    • Hemroidious

      These feral hogs are not native animals to Texas. Some of the larger one have been purposely bred with Boar Hogs from Siberia for hunting. They breed like rabbits and have no predators except for hunters. They will attack humans and have very large sharp tusk that can do real damage. They are a real problem in Texas as well as other states.

  • Anna

    Create hog terriers to patrol and deal with these hogs. That’s what the domestication of dogs is all about. Dogs can help with this problem.

    • Hemroidious

      Your right. We could have packs of Pit Bulls patrolling the streets. That would take care of them.

  • JT

    hog wash

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