POSTED: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 10:14am
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 11:39am
IRVING, TX - Wild hogs are a growing problem in Irving, TX.
They are larger than pigs and can ruin a yard.
There are so many wild hogs, wildlife experts have begun trapping the animals.
They normally come out at night but this whole family of wild hogs were rooting around the Trinity River in broad daylight.
Wildlife expect Cliff Moore says there is an older female, two younger females and a whole bunch of babies.
"They have their first litter at a year, and then about every 7 to 8 months thereafter. Prolific is the word."
At least a mile from the river, an Irving neighborhood was plagued by rooting hogs this fall. Long-time neighbor Anna Tipton and Fred Sanderson of animal services says they have never seen such bad damage.
"Terribly destroyed, totally tore up their front yards."
"That's not something I've ever seen before, so it was new to us, totally new to us."
Cliff Moore helped design a corral to trap many hogs wandering along the Trinity River into Irving. Hogs go in for a meal but leave in a trailer.
"And we estimated the population is somewhere between 4 and 6 hundred hogs and that the, the real safety issue is not just torn up front yards, but the possibility of these feral swine getting on the roadway."
Neighbors are happy with the new trapping policy and experts say the hogs don't seem to mind their new homes either.