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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) -Wild boars, also known as Feral Hogs, are tearing up a north Fort Worth neighborhood.
Several trails and open spaces in The Bluff community in Fort Worth have huge patches of grass that have been completely uprooted.
“We noticed when we were out walking that the grass and everything had been getting eaten up a lot, and now we just noticed, we took some more, and it’s just tearing up the whole property, all the, behind all of the new homes over here,” explained homeowner Donna Bellinger.
New homes in this new neighborhood area means expansion, but these homes are being built in an area where wildlife once roamed freely.
Homeowner Gregory Wurtele and his family moved here last September. He captured video of a wild boar behind his house this summer.
“I was just out here having coffee, and there’s kind of like, there’s a big pig walking by. This big black pig, and you’re like, that’s a pig,” said Wurtele. “That’s a really big pig. And I just watched it come up here.”
Wild boars have razor-sharp tusks and can grow as large as 400 pounds. They eat meat and plants, and can cause a lot of damage. Property damage isn’t the only concern that homeowners have.
“I’m concerned for other neighbors or people who are just passing by, because if you don’t know about it then, you’ve never encountered one,” said Wurtele. “I grew up in a rural area so [I] do know the potential of a large animal, but in this case, you know it just doesn’t always compute until you realize that that’s what they’re talking about.”
CBS 11 talked to the Heritage Home Owners Association about what they’re doing to solve the wild boar problem.
The association said they’ve contacted the city and are working with animal control to come up with a solution to rid the neighborhood of the wild boars.
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