POSTED: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 6:10pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 12:45pm
Tyler, TX — On your afternoon drive on Grande Blvd. and Old Jacksonville Hwy in Tyler, you may be looking to your left and right and see hogs.
Some folks on KETK's Facebook are even starting to refer to this part of Tyler as "hogtown" and many local store owners nearby find the herd of hogs to be a nuisance.
KETK's Jennifer Kielman pulled over on Grande off Old Jacksonville late Saturday afternoon after seeing 15 to 20 hogs coming out of the woods.
Texas Parks and Wildlife tell KETK, land owners file complaints because the hogs do damage to their property from digging, eating grub worms, bugs and roots.
Game Warden tells KETK, owe way to control the hog problem is to use traps, of course you can't shoot them in city limits.
They say, in larger unincorporated areas the city will use helicopters to scare the hogs away.
KETK visited food chains off Grande Blvd. and Old Jacksonville Highway to get their reaction to the hog sighting between 4p.m. to 7p.m.
Jucy's Hamburgers Manager tells KETK,
"Well we produce certain pork products but it's not the kind of pork we want running through our adjacent property if it's going to cause problems and be a safety risk. I think it's neat when the wild interacts with the city but not if it's going to cause problems. It would certainly be a good idea if they allowed permits for them to be safely humanly trapped," says Neal Tessyman, Jucy's Hamburger's in Tyler.
We'll have more at 10p.m. on KETK, store owner on Grande tells KETK, he sees hogs everyday along Grande and says it could be dangerous.