Dallas Goes Hog Wild

Wild animal spotted near White Rock Creek

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    Feral hogs aren't new to North Texas, but seeing them running around in broad daylight may be a
    little out of the ordinary.

    For the past few days, NBC5 photojournalist Steve Stewart has seen a feral hog running around near White Rock Creek close to one of the bike paths.

    White Rock Lake Feral Hog

    [DFW] White Rock Lake Feral Hog
    Feral hog running around White Rock Lake. (Published Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011)

    Stewart said he is used to seeing coyotes, foxes and the occasional bobcat, but this is the first time he has seen a wild hog just rummaging out in the open.

    For a mostly nocturnal species, it's strange to see the animal running around during the daytime.

    Feral Hog Spotted Near Popular Dallas Outdoor Spot

    [DFW] Feral Hog Spotted Near Popular Dallas Outdoor Spot
    An NBC 5 photojournalist films a feral hog rooting around in the leaves near White Rock Lake. (Published Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011)

    According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, the animals were once domestic hogs that escaped or were released for hunting purposes. And the population of the animals grew.

    Wild hogs are spread throughout Texas and usually inhabit the same areas as white-tail deer.
    They can grow up to 350 pounds.

    Fort Worth Residents Battle Feral Hogs

    [DFW] Fort Worth Residents Battle Feral Hogs
    The latest neighborhood to deal with feral hogs is the River Bend Estates on the south side of the Trinity River Corridor in Fort Worth. (Published Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011)

    Experts say it's not a good idea to approach the animals because they can be dangerous.

    Earlier this month, feral hogs escaped a Fort Worth meat processing plant. While a few were tranquilized and captured, the rest were euthanized because they are so dangerous.

    Feral Hogs Escape Meat Processing Plant

    [DFW] Feral Hogs Escape Meat Processing Plant
    Fort Worth Code Enforcement caught several of the 60 feral hogs that escaped from a Fort Worth meat processing plant. This 50lbs. hog was hit with a tranquilizer dart, and is one of the smallest ones caught. (Published Monday, Dec 12, 2011)

    "Just the sheer weight of the animal charging can hurt somebody. And you know, we think of these large animals as ones that stay low to the ground, but when they're charging, they can leap pretty high -- up to about 4 feet," Brandon Bennett, director of Fort Worth Code Enforcement said on Dec. 12.

    According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, a hunting license is required to hunt the animals. The hogs are often wanted for their tusks and meat.