With corn-baited traps, Arlington animal control officers have captured nearly three dozen feral hogs and sent them off to market before they could cause problems in River Legacy Parks and surrounding neighborhoods.
The city set traps after the hogs started traveling away from the Trinity River area and south into nearby neighborhoods in search of acorns and other food, said Ray Rentschler, Animal Services field supervisor. Motorists have also struck and killed at least two hogs — one weighing 254 pounds — on the northern stretch of Green Oaks Boulevard, he said.
“Everybody is nervous about a 200-pound hog roaming the neighborhood,” Rentschler said.
Since October, city crews have captured 34 feral hogs. The animals are loaded into a trailer and taken to a Fort Worth meat-processing plant.
The city received $10 to $100 for each hog. Those proceeds, about $900 so far, are being used for new traps to keep the feral hog population in check and away from homes and park trails, Rentschler said.