DARLA MILES reports
SOUTHLAKE - A pack of wild hogs have become a nuisance in one Southlake neighborhood.
While the pigs make a mess and have destroyed lawns, there may not be much residents can do about it.
Bob Icard said it took two days to repair the thousands of dollars worth of damage created by the hogs after they targeted his lawn with their snouts.
"They root, root, root," he said. "They just keep rooting until they get what they want."
What they want is food. The development of rural areas has encroached upon their natural habitat.
Southlake police believe the pack of wild hogs live near the Bob Jones Nature Preserve and the bottomland around Lake Grapevine.
Residents said they noticed the problem about six weeks ago. At least four yards on Brooks Court have been damaged by the feral hogs.
"We've seen a lot of armadillos," said Deborah Tierney, a Southlake homeowner. "We see deer a lot; but so far, no hogs in our yard."
Human hog sightings are rare. They only come out at night. The hogs have long legs and brown or black fur.
In early November, a truck driver hit and killed a female pig. It was 150 pounds.
Southlake police and animal control are putting up cameras to try to track down the pigs. They may also set traps.
"We don't know how big the problem is, or how vast," said Officer Roderick Page, Southlake Police Department.
Wildlife biologists describe feral hog breeding as "prolific." And once a pig pack infiltrates a neighborhood, they say it's hard to get it under control.
Feral hogs were initially livestock that either escaped or were released for hunting. They've lived in the Texas wild for 200 years and can be aggressive.
Those who spot a wild hog should stay clear and call animal control.