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Jul 11, 2013 5:58 PM by Meteorologist Matt Terhune

Feral Hog Tracks Found In Port Aransas

PORT ARANSAS - Wild hogs are pretty common out on Mustang Island, but it appears they may have made their way to a Nature Preserve in Port Aransas.

Parks and Recreation officials want these aggressive animals gone before they damage the park or attack the bird watchers.

Some folks have reported seeing tracks that may belong to some wild hogs.

It didn't take long for me to find them.

I found where feral hogs have been diggin' in the moist dirt looking for some food. Looking for something grub worms or insects.

This has Port Aransas Parks and Recreation director David Hyde concerned, "We haven't seen the Mommas and the Daddies but they are a nuisance and they will tear up a park in a hurry and they do expand their family very quickly."


They'll tear up trees and anything that has moisture with worms.

David Hyde says, "They can be aggressive if you come upon them. Especially if they have their little babies with them, they'll be very protective and they can be very mean."

More than likely the chances of finding these hogs are slim. Once these hogs run out of food, they'll head back down Mustang Island toward Padre Island.

David Hyde says, "We do have in the plans to contact some trappers and what they do is they will come out here and trap the hogs alive. Then they usually take them to some ranches and let them go for the hunters."


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