Brownwood takes steps to address wild hog problem at city field
BROWNWOOD, Texas - Feral hogs are causing damage to land in Brownwood being used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to conduct research on pecans, and the city is looking to trap them.
The Texas Department of Agriculture reports feral hogs inflict an estimated $52 million in agricultural damage each year, but the problem has been on the rise.
"It seems like we've been having a lot more of an issue within the last years with [wild hogs]," Brownwood Parks and Recreation Director David Withers said Wednesday.
The city council approved a contract Tuesday with Joe Reeves, who's volunteered to trap the hogs at no cost to tax payers.
"We do not allow them to shoot on our property," Withers said. "He'll be trapping the hogs and taking them to other places to dispose of them as he pleases."
The USDA has leased a portion of the field on C C Woodson Road for over thirty years.
The city commissioned Reeves to cut down old pecan trees planted in the 1930s. That's when he first began to notice the encroachment of wild hogs.
"They just eat the pecans whole. They hardly leave anything," Reeves said. "And they tear up the ground in the process."
He said he doesn't know what he plans to do with the hogs once he traps them.
"It' just a horrible nuisance because they reproduce so quickly," Reeves said.
Withers said Reeves will start placing traps in the next few days.