The animals have few natural predators in the city, there are no authorized poisons that will control them and pigs are smart, allowing them to learn and adapt to trapping methods, according to Neverdousky.
“One of the things that the city probably has to do is discourage the use of deer feeders because that’s one of the things that draws them,” Neverdousky said.
The animals are typically nocturnal or early morning feeders and tend to live near streams where they can wallow.
Wild hogs grow up to a height of 3 feet, weigh from 100 to more than 400 pounds and have two sets of tusks.
They often cause damage while rooting for food or wallowing.
Feral hogs tend to drive deer out of the area, according to Neverdousky, who said the animals can reproduce quickly, causing rapid growth of a herd over a couple years.
“They’ve probably been here longer than we know,” Neverdousky said. “We’ll do the best we can to trap them and get rid of them.”
“Some of these that we are talking about are 250 pounds. You know, this is not Mr. Ziffel’s pig,” Police Chief Brad Johnson said. “I have not been made of any problems inside the neighborhoods ... yet. But you know, I’ve had acreage and built on the north side of this city in the ‘80s and we’ve had hogs out there the whole time. But I think that the coyotes keep them at bay a little better out there off of White Settlement Road than they do here between the interstate and the racetrack. It’s not a brand new problem. And we are fortunate thus far not to have any sightings in the residential areas themselves. I think they are more apt to cause problems in flower beds and that type of issue.”
The more the city builds in that area, the more likely the unwanted animals are likely to migrate towards an area like the lake, according to Johnson.