Feral Hogs Moving Into Urban Areas In Texas

IRVING (AP) – Some Texas cities are going to the hogs.

Neighbors in a Dallas suburb have certainly felt that way since seeing their well-manicured lawns uprooted and sprinkler systems destroyed by packs of hefty feral hogs — beasts that once caused problems mainly for Texas farmers and ranchers.

“I think people expect this to be a rural problem,” Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said Thursday in Irving, where the city has captured nearly 250 feral hogs since October when they first were discovered roaming around. “This shows that in rural and urban Texas … the lines that divide us are fewer and fewer.”

Arlington and Dallas are among cities along the Trinity River that also have reported problems with wild hogs that weigh several hundred pounds, Staples said.

Feral Hog expert Billy Higginbotham from Texas A&M University on 1080 KRLD

Wildlife officials say the hogs are now starting to plague urban areas because of changing habitats and prolific reproduction. Texas has up to 2 million of the hairy beasts, about half the nation’s population, and state officials say they cause about $400 million in damage each year.

Although not all feral hogs have tusks, for years the animals have been a menace in rural areas by shredding cornfields, eating calves and damaging fruit trees — even breaking through barbed-wire fences, said Texas Farm Bureau spokesman Gene Hall. They also wreck ecosystems by wallowing in riverbeds and streams.

“They can do more damage than a bulldozer,” Hall said.

Methods to stop the problem have failed, including a pig birth-control pill studied by a veterinarian and researcher. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering allowing hunters in helicopters to shoot wild hogs at a wildlife refuge in Central Texas, saying they keep destroying the habitat.

Arlington has been aware of feral hogs in its community for about four years, said Ray Rentschler, field supervisor for Arlington’s Animal Services. But the city didn’t start trapping them until two years ago, when they started roaming into parks and frightening joggers and nearby homeowners.

“When you’ve got a herd of 300-pound pigs in your neighborhood, it tends to makes people feel nervous,” Rentschler said Thursday. “We want our citizens to feel safe.”

The city has trapped about 30 hogs, although Rentschler said he believes many more are roaming parts of the city. Captured pigs are humanely euthanized, he said.

In Irving, residents in a neighborhood near a park were alarmed last fall when they found their yards unearthed by what appeared to have been a bulldozer. Residents first suspected vandals until someone saw animal tracks, and one neighbor later spotted a pack of hogs trotting down the street on another night.

“You never think of a pig doing the extent of the damage that was done,” said Sharie La Vail, whose yard was among the hardest hit.

Irving then started trapping the animals — the largest weighing in at 375 pounds. Irving, which contracts with a wildlife services company to control its hog problem, then takes the hogs to a meat processing company.

Although city officials believe the problem is under control and residents have not seen a hog for months, some in Irving remain on the lookout.

“If you do wake up at night, you look out the window, because you just don’t know,” La Vail said. “I think they outnumber us.”

Online: www.feralhogs.tamu.edu

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One Comment

  1. d. smith says:

    it’s not the hogs but the people who have displaced the wild areas, the hogs have been here for ages….hoe they root up everything in sight.

    1. Tom says:

      Uhhh, no they haven’t. Swine are not native to this continent. They are not natural by any stretch of the imagination.

      The best solution for this is to hunt them. Their meat is good for dog food and the French (really, they consider it a delicacy).

      1. Thomas A. De Simone says:

        Sounds like there would be a good market on pork. Wild hog is good eating when prepared correctly and BBQed, Ask anyone from the Carolinas or Georgia.

        Bet the people who are against hunting are pro-abortion!!! Never fails when you ask.

      2. David says:

        “Their meat is good for dog food”… I have always been told by veterinarians and dog lovers that pork is bad for dogs, something about how it’s not digestible or something, maybe it makes them vulnerable to an illness I don’t remember… Let the French have ’em!

      3. K Koesler says:

        Peccaries (aka Javalena) ARE native to Texas and are very rare. Big @ss feral hogs are not and are everywhere. I have seen them in broad daylight here on the Red River.

      4. Ironshore says:

        Tom, you are correct. I am in LA, and most of these are descendant of Russian stock brought over: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_boar

        BTW, the meat is actually very good. I take it from your comment that you probably have never eaten it. It’s usually super lean, as most of the animals graze in the wild. These hogs are nothing like the fatty domesticated ones.

      5. d. smith too says:

        Pork is bad for dogs. I gave my dog a pork sandwich with cheese just to see the entire undigested meat and cheese in his waste the next day. He started eating grass and acting all sick too.

      6. Jalan says:

        Hey D, Smith…Lies? Really? Quote one…

      7. les says:

        they are native to america , their are called politicians

      8. les says:

        they are native to America , their called politicians

      9. g. stegall says:

        Dog food??? Dog food canners don’t use pork in their formula’s. How about feeding the indigent? Pork is pork.

      10. OldGunny says:

        Feral hog is delicious and not just for dogs…

    2. Bob Kutz says:

      d. smith; You are ignorant. Maybe you ought to look into the problem before making such pronouncements. Typical liberal, no doubt.

      1. Kruel says:

        it is a fact that hogs are closely related to conservative talk show hosts. if you had a line up with rush , riley, beck and a hog you wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. absolute fact!

      2. Ionian says:

        Hey Kruel- we already covered that and have decided that Behar and her piglets are more aprpos. Where the heck have you been? But we did have to apologize to the hogs.
        Michelle, bama belle your hams and those go together so well!

      3. Lowtolerance says:

        Hey Bob, I bet this liberal’s got a nicer gun case than you. Probably bagged a lot more hogs as well. Put that in your corncob deliverance pipe and smoke it.

      4. dan says:

        Hey Lowtolerence…bet you are lying….liberals can’t help it…they lie so much it is a lifestyle

      5. Garrett says:

        Hey Dan… Did they tell you that on Fox? Talk about lies…

      6. Real American says:

        look at all the LIBERAL VITRIOL AND HATE …….. even after their leader told them to tone it down ………… of was that just more LIBERAL HYPOCRISY

        the hogs were domestic animals that have gone wild ………. depending on the hog, they can be very good eating ……….. just like any hogpen raised animal

    3. David L. says:

      Oh dear god dont give me that BS, its call natural selection son we are predators they are prey. We wipe them out and stack then knee deep better yet do what I do in the winter and give it to a processor to give the meat out to homeless shelters. A proactive solution to your displaced wild area crud!

      1. Chris @ Austin says:

        Liberals are the first to swear how evolution is the way it works and Darwinism is Law not theory. They will stand toe toe and battle it out that Darwinism is the way it is. If that’s the case, than humans killing other animals would be a result of Darwinism. Actually, according to Darwinism, we shouldn’t help out the poor or needy people among us because that’s keeping a weaker line alive. So if Liberals are so quick to subscribe to Darwinism why are they so against following it?

      2. Papa Ray says:

        Uh..no, not unless the people who cook the hogs have special training and instruction. Wild hogs carry a multitude of parasitic worms and other nasty diseases.

      3. Ionian says:

        UH Papa Ray- What “special training” are you talking about. Where does one get this “special training”? It is called prudence and due diligence Papa Ray. Things like making sure the meat is thouroughly cooked (domestic hogs have the same problem(s), using the meat for curing (it is the best that way anyhow). Those that trap the critters could do so commercially, feed them for two (2) weeks while they go through a worming, then sell then. Much less capital involved than feeder lots. That would require good electric fencing, preferably in a field that has been harvested of corn or maize, and some realistic expectations about the difficulties in containing the critters. It is being done in Kansas now utilizing closed down cattle feeder lots that have good metal grate/gate fencing. Wake up folks- there are already people out there with solutions! Use them.

    4. Bob Cregar says:

      You ain’t to much aware of the world are you??

    5. mirted says:

      And before them, there was some other animal..your argument is specious and
      not relevant..much like the folks who claim that because Indians were here before
      caucasians and other races, the country should be ceded back to them. Govt. is overlooking a great source of protein for folks who can’t afford it. Of course, Govt’s way keeps more of them on the public payroll.

      1. frankie says:

        Javelina’s as far as I can determine, do not grow to several hundred pounds. These are a cross between Javelina’s and domestic hogs scattered during the Civil War.

      2. texgirl says:

        #frankie – Javelina/peccary and feral hogs cannot hybridize. They’re barely the same species.

    6. Hunter says:

      From the picture above, they are not hogs or pigs. They are javelina aka collerd peccary aka PIG. Hope you use a lot of BQ sause.


      1. Hunter says:

        Sorry, not PIG but aka RAT.

      2. Ionian says:

        Do you mean “Collared Peccary” by any chance? If so, then you are wrong. Pictured in the story is a crossout from a peccary relative and a domestic hog, but they are not peccarys.

      3. K Koesler says:

        Nope. Those are ferals. Peccaries (Javalena) have a white ring around their necks. Feral hogs revert to the black.brown hairy hogs you see within one generation.

      4. Freeland Dave says:

        Actually the animals in the picture are Javelinas, or peccary if you wish, that are indigenous to Texas in particular the hill country of Texas. Yes they can cross with domestic pigs and grow larger but are usually small. I have dispatched literally hundreds of these nasty, bad tempered little animals with razor sharp tusks that move around in tight little groups and attack virtually anything that gets into their way.

        Their population is literally exploding because of the increase of humanity where pet food left outside for them to eat, garbage that is not properly handled but thrown into private landfills and garden and other agricultural growth that provide them a much easier food source than is commonly found for them naturally.

        Just open up a season on them and even provide a bounty for the animals that have too high a population density in a particular county, somewhat like we use to do with other varmints, and the problem will start to go away. But you will be fighting a loosing battle if nothing is done about their current food sources.

        My favorite pig hunting place was a garbage dump. Oh, be advised to carry a large caliber pistol with you if you hunt these irritable little guys. It’s hard to climb a tree with a rifle and being treed overnight in an oak tree or mesquite tree waiting for the little herd to move off for water or food is not very fun. You in the tree, your rifle and fifty or so little razor blades anxiously waiting for you to come down so they can rip you to shreds.

        Been there, done that.

        But, properly dressed and cooked they do make for tasty BBQ.

        The other suggestion might be to get the pig farmer that recently had a bunch of people install a Mosque next door to his pig farm and then seven days later ask him to move. I imagine that this Texas pig farmer would have a number of good suggestions on how to handle this wild pig problem.🙂

      5. BinhT says:

        Excellent commentary – more interesting than the story itself. Thank you.

    7. KGC says:

      Wow, who knew pigs could type?

    8. KGC says:

      Wow, who knew pigs could type!?

    9. Adrian Vance says:

      These hogs were brought here from Europe so they came with people.

    10. Kyle Coplen says:

      Oh my god, you are a freaking idiot. Pigs are not native to North or South America, and the current hogs are crosses between domesticated pigs, and European Wild Boars that were brought here. They have not been displaced, but they are exploding. With no natural predators and an ability to eat pretty much anything, and their insanely high rate of reproduction, they are taking over the South, and have already begun to move North. You ignorant, anti-human piece of garbage.

    11. eddie says:

      what a stupid comment.

    12. Larry says:

      They have not been here for ages. Not native to US either. Breed so fast they are taking over the south. Open hunting season all year long, boars and sows, would help.

    13. Tim Clark says:

      Why don’t you look up the word feral.

    14. S NOE says:


    15. OldGunny says:

      And no, feral hog meat is not bad for dogs. I feed my dogs feral pork all the time. What’s bad for dogs is anything with a high fat content. Feral hog is naturally lean, so lean in fact my cardiologist gave me the green light to eat as much as I want of it or any other wild game – however he doesn’t want me to eat beef or pork from the supermarket.

  2. John Dodge says:

    I know these hogs! They are on the View.

    1. bob says:

      Now thats funny

    2. Prophet2525 says:

      Don’t insult the hogs!

      1. Ionian says:

        Amen to that! One thing to add- BEHAR!

    3. dan says:


    4. PeterMcLean says:

      We have this problem in Virginia/DC too. We call them “politicians”. They root around in your life and destroy everything they touch.

    5. jes2 says:


      Beautiful, J.D., absolutely beautiful!

  3. Ar Amytas says:


  4. Jeff says:

    They should let bowhunters solve the problem for them for free. Wild Hog on the smoker is one fine BBQ meal.

    1. Chris in FLA says:

      Woot. I agree Jeff. Marinated in Mojo Criollo and slow cooked at 180 for 8hrs.

      1. Jeff in Kansas says:

        Have to shave them first! 😛

    2. Jim says:

      Those Texas hogs run in packs. Shoot one and they don’t run away, they come right after you. Maybe with a .30-30 and someplace to run?

      1. But Seriously says:

        That’s what assault rifles are for!

      2. Texgirl says:

        What, you’ve never heard of a tree stand? Don’t leave home without one. First time I went hunting feral hog, I shot one, and the entire herd rallied, which I’d -never- seen before.

        Guess you never know how fast you can climb a tree until there’s a dozen shrieking hogs trying to eat your face. Now I just hunt from a tree branch.

    3. Wade says:

      Bowhunters can hunt feral hogs they are not considered a game animal.


    4. JamesD says:

      OR, use a pack of cur dogs and a knife, the Texas way.

      1. Pete says:

        Nice 1911 with plenty of hollow points and 5 spare mags,

  5. Mike trainer says:

    Sounds like a good food source, Meat should be donated to food kitchens and homeless shelters.

    1. susie says:

      A Hunt for the Hungry was done recently,March 4th,5th,6th in South Wes Texas tby Texas Doug Hunters Assocation maybe one could be organized in the DFW area. 34,716 pounds was brought in to feed the Hungry. TDHA has members on this side of TEXAS.

      1. susie says:

        Typos made in my post about Hunt for the Hungry. Name of Association that put on Hunt for the Hungry was TEXAS DOG HUNTERS ASSOCIATION. They are a 501 c3 organiization and do this yearly to remove some of these predators, minutelhelp as it is , and feed the needy. A large hunt,all funds going back into winning Hunters. Meat was
        weighed ,inspected, taken off site to be disbursed by Hunters Harvest and Victory House. of Texas.

      2. Hemroidious says:

        Why do they hunt only Dougs?

  6. C. Storch says:

    There are three kinds of hogs in this world, the kind you ride, the kind you hunt, and the kind you marry.

  7. Ron C says:

    @ John Dodge

    Hold on now John… I would ALMOST make the argument that what you’ve said is an insult to feral hogs…

    But that’s a good one!!

  8. Just Saying says:

    If the hogs are not native, and can thrive anywhere, cant they be transplanted to another area? Like Afganistan or Iran?

    1. jEFF IN kANSAS says:

      Can we drop ship them into Iran? :))

    2. Drew S says:

      @Just saying Afghanistan and Iran have hog problems as well. While on base we’ve seen the hogs take out fighter planes that have landed. Yes, they even have destroyed fighter plans and ruin airport runways!!!! please believe they’re that powerful. The power of a wild hog is gravely understated!!!

    3. Plain Smarts says:

      I agree. I believe we should round them up and air drop them in “religiously intolerant” Muslim countries. That would give them something to do other than terrorizing us!…

      1. Papa Ray says:

        Best comment ever!

      2. John says:

        We could just send them to Dearborn, MI

      3. Bonnieblue2A says:

        Ferel Hogs as homeland security weapon? I thought we already had Big Sis!

    4. N8tive American says:

      Feed them to the Taliban…..and tell them that it is flat nosed beef.

      1. Alan Whitney says:

        No, feed the taliban to the hogs…

  9. mr tolson says:

    the only native hogs in the usa are in arizona and they are much samlller than these, and are good eating. pigs were brought to america by christopher columbus and others. Later they briought in eurpean boar (in california mts)you should try reading some history although this generation is taught such a twisted veiw of hisort they beleive tehpilgrims came here for gold.

    1. RuandaRed says:

      Yep, yer talkn ’bout Javalina and ah think they’s very distant relations to boss hog
      and his feral clan. Them javalina (have a leen ah) also occupies sum of New Mexico and Mexico. Sum of them game farmers in Tx wuz stupid ‘nuf to import em
      to make $$ lettin city-folk and people to fat to walk feel like theyz hunters.

    2. Mr. Bailey says:

      Mr. Tolson,

      As a teacher I can assure you that students are not taught to believe that the Pilgrims (1620) came to America for gold. Now, Jamestown est. 1607, is another story…and remember – I before E except after C. It’s a little rule you were probably taught back in the 2nd grade along with capitalization and basic spelling.

      1. tax paying citizen says:

        you have to be a liberal, correcting spelling on an internet board… did all your kids graduate? hows your tax payer funded pension plan. stfu you hack

  10. mr tolson says:

    the only native hogs in teh USA are in az and are muc smaller, pigs came with columbus and others and boar wer brought in later to hunt, try reading some history

    1. disc-0-duc says:

      Try reading some reference materials on mammalian species.

      The peccary (javalina) is a very distant relative of the Eurasian hog. It is more likely related to the hippo and horses than the pig. It is native to most of the southwest United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. The Eurasian pig was introduced in Mexico by Hernando Cortez, Cristobal Colon (Columbus to you). They were often released in the wild, as well as cattle and horses, as the Spanish explored the new world as a means for food and burden stock for later explorers. These domesticated, turned feral, pigs later bred with true European wild boars introduced for hunting in the early part of the 20th century which made them the very aggressive and bold hybrid they are today.

  11. jean says:

    kill them and eat them,,,open season……good bar-b-qed

  12. RB says:

    This is nothing new. The state was warned about it over ten years ago. Yet some people still don’t see the light in the best method of controlling the population is also one of the oldest. Hunting them regularly with dogs will alway be more effective than trapping or still hunting and repeatedly prove so every week.

  13. EAT ME says:

    I’ll have one hog with a side order of Smith & Wesson.

  14. pfwag says:

    Are Texans now a bunch of wusses?

    1. Drew says:

      gun laws prevent you from firing firearms within the city limits.
      These hogs are in the city and in up scale neighborhoods. Not the Hood!!
      Its ppl here who’ve never seen wild hogs before ,encountering hogs in they’re front yard now. lol

      1. Bonnieblue2A says:

        Hogs don’t have to be shot with a firearm. Bow hunters and trappers should be allowed to do their work in the suburbs too.

        The meat should be used to feed those in texas homeless shelters and prisons.

        Get ‘er done!

      2. Real American says:

        thats why we use suppressors

    2. Papa Ray says:

      NO…! thousands of these vermin are killed each year by hunters, land owners and such. But the problem is that we can’t kill enough of them fast enough. They breed like rabbits or mice and have huge litters. The state and federal goverment have given a little help in the last 10 years and it hasn’t even made a dent in the hog population.

  15. mr tolson says:

    problem is no one hunts anymore, th deer population in the us is about twice waht is wast when white man cmae here, and there are no prediters anymore except man. the boars are getting to be a problem in many states even in the wild ares of tennesee, ark & other states. We need a bounty like tehy ahd on woves in teh early 19th centery

    1. Ionian says:

      One slight misstatement there mr tolson. The deer population is now AT LEAST 12 times what it was when we came here. Mostly due to clearing of forested areas and the abundance of crop/grazing land.

      Wildlife authorities have known for generations, but the touchy-feely, don’t kill Bambi’s mom-and-dad bunch vote much more assiduosly than the rest of our society.

  16. Jeff in Kansas says:

    We’re starting to have a problem with them here in Kansas but not to that extent.

    I was going to leave a URL for the Topeka paper that carried the story but that web site is down, sorry.

  17. TC says:

    A hog shoulder smoked with Pecan at 200 degrees for about 10 hours works really well with a robust Cabernet. Just sayin’…

    1. mark says:

      I’d trade the wine for beer. It sounds fantastic.

    2. shadeofafreeway1@aol.com says:

      Eh- they’re too gamey. Besides, who knows what THEY’VE been eating!! Next we’ll have some kind of epidemic and blame it on people killing and eating the wild hogs which will then be regulated by the FDA. Let’s just skip ahead and round them up, breed them, feed them our own chemicals and then sell them on the open market. Maybe the price of pork would drop to something I could afford!

      1. Ionian says:

        Baon bubba- b a c o n !! They make the best bacon there is! Next to no fat content.

      2. txhunter says:

        Taste of the meat is largely influenced by diet. Remember, these are genetically domesticated pigs that were originally raised for meat and have escaped and gone feral and developed a prolific wild population. I have killed and eaten feral hog from South Texas peanut country that yielded far tastier pork chops than I have ever gotten at the meat market.

      3. Texgirl says:

        Too gamey? Myth. That has far more to do with how quickly the kill is field dressed and how well they’re shot than with the meat itself. Besides, there’s a difference between the meat having a distinct flavor it tasting gamey/wild…you’re just used to corn-fed lot pork which is virtually flavorless.

    3. Papa Ray says:

      Be careful cooking any kind of pork, but especially wild hog. They carry many parasites and other nastiness.

      And if not cooked long and right, wild hot is tougher and stringer than venison.

      1. tax paying citizen says:

        how about be careful cooking any meat…. since when is COMMON SENSE no longer taught… oh yea liberals started teaching, becasue there hippy drugs ran out

  18. Mark says:

    Shoot a pig and an idiot that wants to protect them at the same time! Get rid of two destructive forces.

  19. mark says:

    Put a bounty on them. Bounties have worked in the past

    1. Alan Whitney says:

      A bounty on whom? The animal activists?

  20. Hank Warren says:

    Shoot them pigs, the hogs, not the politicians. Endless hunting restrictions, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  21. Alan says:

    Trapping hogs is like trying to empty out the gulf with a tea spoon. Allow year round hunting.

    1. Drew says:

      Alan, there is no hunting season on wild hogs in the state of texas. You can shoot them year around!! YOu dont get it its alot of these hogs around. in some rural areas in east texas, they warn you against early morning jogging. THIS IS A HUGE PROBLEM. Ranchers use to pay you by the pound for as many hogs you can kill on they’re land and that was back in the 80’s this has been a problem for a long time!!

      1. HogHarvester says:

        @ Alan: Year round hog season, no limits, by any weapon necessary.

        @Drew: I would love to get paid to clean up ths problem. Know of any places?

  22. Chris @ Austin says:

    Liberals are the first to swear how evolution is the way it works and Darwinism is Law not theory. They will stand toe toe and battle it out that Darwinism is the way it is. If that’s the case, than humans killing other animals would be a result of Darwinism. Actually, according to Darwinism, we shouldn’t help out the poor or needy people among us because that’s keeping a weaker line alive. So if Liberals are so quick to subscribe to Darwinism why are they so against following it?

  23. sirandrew says:

    In India they send out a line of people beating drums to drive out the prey and shooters ,in their blinds, can kill at will.
    We have a large number of people on welfare that are available to beat the drums

  24. Ronald C. Yochum says:

    Put a bounty on them and watch how fast they disappear. Besides, you can make all kinds of bacon and hams out of them.

    1. Papa Ray says:

      See above

  25. Jimmy says:

    I have been using POF . com and I can attest to this fact.

  26. James says:

    since when have texans not seen a good BBQ when its in their face?

    1. tax paying citizen says:

      since mtv and liberals started brainwashing children into morons. when is the last time you saw kids outside playing with sticks and not an ipod. they have no longer a clue abotu life when they think someone will save them.

  27. Jack says:

    Who let the hogs out? Who? Who?

    1. Plain Smarts says:

      The pig farmers! When they could no longer afford to feed the pigs, they let them loose, they cross bred with wild pigs, and now we have a HUGE problem!…

  28. theidel says:

    Birth control for pigs…. that is precious. That would seem to be a perfect fit with Planned Parenthood. Maybe we can schedule some counseling for them or make abortions available for those poor hogs.

    1. theidel says:

      Just a follow up… This may be another issue/photo op for Jesse Jackson.

      1. Ionian says:

        I just called the pigs and they are very upset with you! But, they do thank you for not referring them to the sweet attentions of Al Sharpton and the King of Congressional Pork, Charlie Rangel. They are very upset at the thought of being lumped in with the company of Tawanna Brawley or a U.S. Congressman.

  29. denny says:

    This is Texas.
    These people have guns!!!
    What’s the problem??

    1. Chris @ Austin says:

      All the normal people I know have guns and license to carry guns on their person, including myself. It’s not the people, it’s the politicians and city councils. In smaller cities the government reflects the people but in cities like Ft. Worth, Dallas, Austin and Houston the cities are run by progressives.

      In Austin there is a big problem with over population of deer. Since Austin claims to be a “no kill” city regarding stray and other animals, there is no option but to put up with or trap. Trap a deer? Bunch of idiot politicians.

    2. Papa Ray says:

      There are thousands and thousands of wild hogs killed ever year by hunters, landowners and even by vehicles (and they do tear up the front of your truck something awful) but the hogs have huge litters and can become pregnant again in a very short time and at a young age.

      1. Alan Whitney says:

        Don’t I know it! I am forced to spend thousands on shoat support!

  30. MEC2 says:

    If it’s on my property and threatening my property and or health, why am I not within my rights to shoot it? I could if it was fleeing with a color television…

    1. Ionian says:

      The ranchers/farmers out there DO shoot the things, but the problem is so out of hand, it would be pretty much of a full time job just controlling the animals by killing. Pigs are among the most intelligent of animals (George orwell wrote about them for a reason) and learn very quickly any routine or pattern and avoid it, thus avoiding the pattern maker- namely man the hunter.

  31. Ryan says:

    Hopefully by humanely euthanize they me cut up and eat.

  32. Razorback says:

    Woo Pig Sooie!!

  33. Tanstaafl2 says:

    Hunt them or get overrun by them, folks – It’s your choice.

  34. Adrian Vance says:

    Has anyone suggested simply shooting these pigs? They are edible, you know.

    The Two Minute Conservative for ideas, science and humor at: http://adrianvance.blogspot.com for radio/TV hosts, opinion page editors and you. Also on Kindle.

    1. Drew says:

      theyre shot year round, its alot of them hogs can breed at 6 months of age have 10-15 piglets per litter, and can breed three times a year. do the math= a real serious problem!!

  35. Joe Bauer says:

    Whats’s new? There’s been an over infestation of swine here since the middle 80’s

  36. jiminy cricket says:

    There are plenty of hogs on two legs out there. Just go to any bar in Dallas. LOL

  37. Bob Kutz says:

    This sounds like one heck of an opportunity to me!

    Pig hunting. It’s going to be a lot cheaper than say an elk or a bighorn sheep hunt, less strenuous too. The after party is going to be a cinch; Put the pig in the ground, tap a keg, and it’s on. BBQ ribs and cold beer . . . I’m in.

    Three day packages starting at $500 including guide, lodging and beer.

    Somebody in Texas; please make this happen.

  38. Wray says:

    Well If it were the cowboys causing all of this damage, the fix would be to paint a goal line at the edge of your yard.

    Seriously you have no chance to stop them, we hunt them in central Texas and the numbers are incredible. I’d go so far as to compare them to a plaque of locusts. 90 in a group is common in our area and one pig can do alot of damage in a night. I’m on board with using them as any other natural resource as there’s alot of hunger out

  39. Neal B. says:

    Growing up on a farm and raising pigs, we used to put rings in their noses to prevent them from rooting

  40. Mark says:

    Have you ever seen Michelle Obama and these hogs together? Think about it.

    1. Bill in Houston says:

      I don’t know how well Wookies and feral hogs mix, Mark.

    2. Ionian says:

      There you go dissin’ the hogs again! I’m gonna call the EEOC ’bout that!

    3. shepster says:

      why are her “well toned arms” and biceps bigger than her husbands?

      1. j. mack says:

        She may be ugly, but not as ugly and wrinkled as first ladies before her; and talking about pigs I see no difference between their scaly skin and the queeee!!!

    4. jes2 says:





  41. Idaho Patriot says:

    Round ’em all up and introduce them to the illegal aliens on the border. Would sure keep the Islamic ‘extremists’ out !!

  42. Dan in the Cities says:

    OK, there’s already plenty of sugggestions for BBQ. (No-brainer.)
    Here’s an idea: Apparently some communities are trapping them. Instead of “euthanizing” them, once you have captured a couple dozen or so, put them on a C-130 and parachute them into Afghanistan! I hear they like caves. They can root out the Taliban. And since Muslims won’t touch them, pretty sooon they’ll take over the country and nobody will even have to mess with it again.

    1. shepster says:

      brilliant! absolutely brilliant!! you, sir, are a genius!

    2. Drew says:

      Theres a huge hog problem over in Afghanistan!!! and communities do euthanize them once theyre caught read the article again.

  43. Lee Yarbrough says:

    Typical of most Americans these days. You can not even let a story about Hogs be about the hogs. You have to turn it political. Want to know what is wrong with America? Look at most of the posts here. Americans are the problem.

    Eat the pork chops and enjoy!

    1. McDadeTX says:

      The problem with non-americans is that they’re afraid to joke around and have a good time with a ‘stupid’ story. Having fun with something that has such a simple solution (ie. your last sentence of your post) is not an expression of what we have in our hearts. Lighten up. And, thank you founding fathers for allowing me to be able to post my silly-stupid-post! Time for bbq now…

  44. SockRayBlue says:

    I’ve been trapping them like crazy down here in south Texas. So far I haven’t seen one in a few months. When you catch the sows the babies get eaten by local dogs. Tit for tat so to speak.

    1. Tat says:

      Sounds good to me!

  45. pcrh says:

    Some posters suggest the solution is to allow hunting of feral hogs. They are varmints, and you can hunt them year round. Just not within city limits. And they’re not the easiest thing to hunt–they have good vision and excellent hearing, and a whole mob of them can move quickly. And they can sometimes turn aggressive–300 pounds of muscle and hooves and tusks is not something you want to encounter on your morning walk.

    That said, they make excellent sausage, if you spice it enough.

  46. swiftcall says:

    We recently trapped a sow and 9 piglets on our orchard in Texas. The fridge is packed!

  47. Ionian says:

    I have the solution! Let’s declare them under-privileged non-native immigrants, issue them California ID’s. Send them to Berkly College for the Indigent, and they will then be eligible for welfare. If they take the payments and are eligible for Worfare, they can stay around their homes all day and hand on the corners with the rest of their relatives. Gets them out of better neighborhoods and localizes their destruction.
    Besides; who’d notice the change except the ranchers and farmers?

  48. Ionian says:

    hang- not hand- oooopppssie
    You paying attention here Lee Yarborough?

  49. Dano says:

    Here in Louisiana you can now hunt them at night 24/7/365.Pretty tastey meat but you have to cook them almost well done

  50. steve says:

    What a bunch of hand wringing wussies in those towns, just hunt those hogs down and eat them, tehy are a Godsend in this economy.

    1. meggers says:

      Seriously. Suburban Texans are so West Coast.

      1. meggers says:

        although, the law don’t like it too much when you shoot your 45 in town. and i don’t think i’d trust these suburbanites around me with a gun. Texans or not.

  51. moonmac says:

    Sounds like we could get rid of food stamps with this endless free meat supply! SHt but then they’d just get jobs like the rest of us…

  52. chillycat88 says:

    these things are pretty scary and can be lethal…perhaps they will guard our borders since obowma will not keep his voters from invading our country

  53. Projustice says:

    I have a rifle so I don’t understand the problem. A hog shows up in my yard. I shoot it and fire up the grill. What am I missing here??

    1. meggers says:

      and if you’re too big of a sissy (or live in city limits), you can pop ’em in the butt with a BB!! They didn’t come back when we did that.

  54. Razorback30 says:


    1. dog on TV says:

      dog from the TV “beggin’ strips” commercial says, “bacon, where’s the bacon? I’d shoot them myself but I don’t have thumbs…!

  55. Joe Escamillo says:

    I thought all Texans have guns. Why not shot them, then barbecue them? Show some individual initiative!

  56. curious says:

    Where is PETA and THE HSUS. Oh never mind they are down in AUSTIN bribing politicans oops i mena lobbying them to take away personal property right and mess with free enterprise with HB 1043 written by two freedom loving Republicans REP ZEDLER AND REP CHRISTIAN.

  57. ManOnPoint says:

    I say it’s time to lock and load and fire up the BBQ grill!!! If there is no hog season in TX and then they can be hunted year round, then go for it!!! They had the same problem in Long Island a few years ago with deer being hit by cars and people being killed or injured. The LI’s opened a controlled hunt and brought the deer population down to a reasonable herd level. The bonus was good meat along with a herd that was healthier and less disease-ridden. Just ignore PETA and HSUS and get the job done, HAPPY HUNTING!!!

  58. Alan says:

    IF the state and federal Gov would Pay folks say $25-$ 50 for each one turned into a food kitchen that would encourage folks to hunt them more. Just like farmers use to pay for folks to kill ground hogs on their property. My older brother got lots of spending money that way when he was a kid..

  59. Lonestar says:

    Award a feral pig to every Obama supporter.

  60. flabdap says:

    Just look at history and the Native Americans and the millions of Buffalo.

    You know how to commit mass genocide.

    It should convert easily into killing a few pigs.

  61. Jim Speed says:

    D. Smith , NO they have NOT been there for ages. They have been migrating from Florida (originally). Thats where some got away from the Spanish and took hold. They’ve been migrating for the last number of years into new areas that they never were before.

  62. Jim Speed says:

    Many of the IDIOTIC comments are from people who have NO CLUE what a Feral Pig is..much less know what they DO or Anything about them. They are a SCOURGE.. For many years we hunters kept them at bay, but now the numbers are rising SO fast they cannot be controlled.

    Wild pigs are VERY good to eat.. only if you eat the sows or a pen up a boar and “cut” (Neuter) him and feed him corn for 2 months. The sad fact is some MORONS think there is no problem and that the pigs have RIGHTS to be there.. How can you argue with STUPIDITY? You cant.

  63. Edward says:

    Another liberal mess, save the wild piggys! Its bacon stupid let the hunt begin. lol

  64. Karl Sefcik says:

    Selling hunting permits to hunt them could bring in money for the state budget deficit. Not billions and billions, but it is thinking the right way about raising money,and living off the land, all with the proper licensing requirements though.

  65. Mike says:

    An abundance of tangential, idiotic, and hateful comments. Americans of all stripes showing their lack of class and their ignorance.

  66. Rintx says:

    We have a huge deer population in the city, they eat everything and leave the dung in our yard. We can’t do a thing about it. The Bambi lovers think they’re cute.

    This is a case of people who don’t get it and the rest of us who live with it. 20+ deer in your yard isn’t cute anymore.

  67. Nelbertino says:


    Forget it. Where’s my AK

  68. ElRondo says:

    Here we ahve the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. I suggest we allow the citizenry to kill the hogs at will and then bury at least one carcass on each site that may be up for sale to Islamists who want to build a mosque. The blood and flesh will desev=carte the ground rendering it unholy for all time. That way we avoid the indoctrination of another generation of Sharia Islamists and we get rid of the hogs. Win-win for all America!!

  69. radtec says:

    Isn’t every Texan over the age of 6 months required to own at least one firearm? Shoot the damned things. How hard is it to figure out you have to cull the herd? Up here in the ‘nort’..when the white tail deer get their numbers too high, there are ‘extra’ permits issued to fix that problem. Good eat’s too!

  70. Shrebbard says:

    Ahhh-eeee! Time to git dem shot-guns an hav a cochon de lait!

  71. lcky9 says:

    This is funny… NOW doing a Sarah Palin is a GOOD THING??? BTW to the poster who says the pigs belong NOT the people … WHERE do you live?? BEFORE it was your home WHAT wild animal was there?? It wouldn’t be bad but it looks like these hogs are DANGEROUS.. like IF they will eat a calf they will easily eat your DOG and since they seem to be aggressive.. biting people will be next.. I have to ask.. is the meat from these pigs editable?? If yes, let the hunters kill them .. clean them.. and donate the meat to a soup kitchen… if the hunters don’t want it..

  72. Kevin says:

    Just ship them to Washington, DC where they will feel right at home….

  73. swmbo says:

    Our subdivision in Central Texas is increasingly seen as a buffet for the feral hogs, as they come in and tear up lawns and gardens.
    They live on the 12000+ acres of the Nat’l Guard facility and a large private wildlife refuge next door. And unfortunately the Guardsmen are prohibited from shooting the hogs, so trapping is the only way to hold down numbers in the incredible fertile herds.
    BTW, the we occassionally see hogs with tusks…a genetic reminder of the Russian Boars brought into the state for sport hunting.

  74. Sean says:

    This is what Texans get for insisting that beef is the only “real” barbecue. You don’t see any pig problems in the Carolinas now, do you?

  75. tax paying citizen says:

    liberalism is a mental disease. to treat it cut of head.

  76. old dave says:

    A month ago a similar thing happened up here in Wisconsin. Our capitol lawn is all repped up and it will cost close to $200K to fix. Our feral hogs are much more sophisticated however, they come by bus, carry signs, shout at and spit on legislators and state capitol workers that show up for work.

  77. Guy says:

    “don’t hunt the hogs, give them birth control pill instead” derp!

  78. Mrs. C says:

    My husband, a veterinarian, says that you must kill 7 of every 10 feral hogs just to MAINTAIN the population.

  79. dunnyveg says:

    I’m hardly a libertarian, but this is a problem begging for a free-market solution. What I’m talking about is making it legal to sell meat from feral hogs.

    All a feral hog is is a domesticated hog that escaped captivity and lives in the wild. So, this meat is the same stuff we buy in the stores except that these animals subsist exclusively on wild foods–at least in the rural areas, where the problem originates. Considering the mania for organic, natural foods, this meat would probably sell at a premium.

  80. Bill says:

    Why are they showing a photo of pigs in a zoo somewhere in Columbia? You can find feral pigs in Dallas all over the place.

    Just look at these:


    I could not believe it when I saw that. Sure enough, there are alot of pigs right here in the metroplex. Since you cannot hunt them inside the Dallas city limits what can you do? Someone is going to hit one with their car out on Ledbetter and get hurt.

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