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Wild Hog population growing in East Texas

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 6:35pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 9:50am

The wild boar population is growing in East Texas and the pigs aren't staying put in the woods. They're moving inward to homes, parks, and restaurants.

Trapping team, Boars Nest, is the largest trapping team in East Texas and they are staying up to date on their technology and training to provide the safest captures possible. Trapper, Cody Fritz, told us they have almost a 100 percent no kill policy when it comes to catching hogs. They work to give their dogs top notch training so their dogs pursue the pigs, hold them, and keep them until they can reach the area and tie them. The hogs then brought to the reservation or taken to market.

Their top of the line training isn't the only things keeping them safe from these violent animals. This trap team uses wireless traps that alerts them when a hog has been captured. Their wireless traps will hold the hogs and let other animals that are indigenous to the area run free. Having this technology has protected the dogs, themselves, and allowed them to capture numerous hogs at a time.

The biggest threat is the growing population of pigs moving into rural areas. The team says they are receiving more and more calls about wild pigs being at apartment complexes, parks, and even restaurants. They recently pulled 36 pigs from the Tyler airport area in a week's time.

They say their hope is use this new technology to lower the population of pigs and monitor it before it becomes out of control.

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