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December 20, 2013

PIG OUT: Willow Park officials taking steps to remove feral hogs

By CHRISTIN COYNE

WILLOW PARK – The City of Willow Park is taking steps in response to several reports of feral hogs seen wandering the city.

Feral hogs, which can cause property damage and other issues in populated areas, have been confirmed in the area near the Clear Fork branch of the Trinity River in the city.

The city has contacted a trapper, who is expected to set live traps in the area of the wastewater treatment plant beginning this week, to help cull the herd of feral hogs at no cost to the city.

Council member Gene Martin said his neighbor told the council member that he and his family went to watch deer in the Trinity Meadows Lane area but saw a very different wild animal.

“Then they got to watch what he described as a herd of about 25 wild hogs wander through the area, which I thought was a little too close to some of the residential areas,” Martin said.

City employees have also reported seeing feral hogs in the city, including a group of about 10, the council was told Tuesday night.

“If there’s really a herd of 25 wild hogs running around, that could actually, potentially, cause some damage to residents,” Martin said. “My daughter goes for walks down Kings Gate and I don’t want her wandering down there at dusk.”

“The city is openly looking for any property owner who wants to consent to allow the trapper,” Shaffstall said. “He was recommended to us from the game warden, and so, obviously, trapping is the preferred method to be able to remove them.”

Mayor Richard Neverdousky, who went to a seminar on feral hogs last week, said the issue is a difficult one to address.

“To your disappointment, once you’ve got them, you’ve got them,” Neverdousky said. “You will never get rid of them. It’s unfortunate.”

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