If you’re from Texas, you know how much of a menace feral hogs are, which is why they are one of the few animals that have no hunting limit on them. Before you start to feel sorry for the furry pigs, realize that these aren’t small, sweet animals. Picture massive creatures with sharp teeth and tusks. These are basically Texan farmers’ worst nightmares. Recently, the animals decided to terrorize a neighborhood near Houston. And it was captured on video.
In Fort Bend County, several wild hogs decided to plow through a neighborhood in the middle of the night. A man caught the footage of the herd running through, wreaking havoc on their way.
Normally, these hogs are seen along the Brazos River in more rural areas. They also tend to gather in large groups in these remote pastures. It’s unusual to see them in a populated neighborhood.
“I was thinking to see two, three or four … not 25 or 30,” Glen Garner said, a resident of the area, per KHOU 11.
Feral Hogs Leave Great Mess
Further, he saw the mess while walking his daughter to the bus stop the following day.
“I saw a ton of ton of damage,” Garner said. “In our front yard, in our neighbor’s yard. Some of the houses down the street were hit worse than others.”
Feral hogs are also known to cause massive damage, including digging up farms, killing cows or their calves, and leaving a huge mess behind.
“They move really quickly,” Garner said. “Looking back on our camera, they were in our yard less than a minute.”
One local trapper even told a Texas reporter that the only solution is to trap and kill 75% of the hog’s population. For now, however, the residents can only wait and watch – and hopefully, the hogs won’t be back.
For footage of the incident, check out below:
Tips for Hog Hunting
Since hog hunting in Texas is rather popular, one outdoorsman knows how to get the job done. He offers up some tips for those that are interested.
“Elusive Wildlife’s” Chad Stevenson says that hogs are most active at night. Though they’re not nocturnal animals, they’re still very active at night. Prime hunting for the animals comes after 11 p.m., he says.
“If you want to stalk or use a rifle, have yourself a remote and spin that feeder before you get to your setup. That way they’re not all around the stand and you spook them coming in,” Chad says. “They’ll go straight to that feeder!”
Additionally, since hogs can be conditioned like deer, having a feeder nearby is a handy tool. This will most certainly draw in the animals as they search for food in the dark of night or the wee hours of morning.