POSTED: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 11:04pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 1:45pm
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, and many local store owners nearby find the herd of hogs to be a nuisance.
KETK checked it out the area and was taken back by how many there actually were.
Officials with Texas Parks and Wildlife tell KETK, it's not an uncommon sight.
A herd of feral hogs, about 30 of them, all different shapes and sizes chomping away at the grass on Grande between Old Jacksonville and Highway 155.
Since because it was dark and we wanted an up close look and we shined our car lights in their direction.
The store manager of "Exum's" Larry Ellison tells KETK, he sees them everyday.
Ellison says it's dangerous for people who go for a walk or jog and the hogs can cross the road and cause an accident.What do you think should have to control this problem? Well I think they should put a bounty on them and pay for each one that you bring in. that's the way they addressed this problem in Florida and it seems to working pretty good."
Manager of Jucy's hamburgers Neal Tessyman tells us he sees the hogs too.
"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," says Neal Tessyman, Jucy's Hamburger's owner.
A game warden tells KETK, the pesky animals come out to eat grub worms, bugs and roots.
He says, they are a non-native species and are prolific, which means they reproduce fast and that explains all the babies.