WHITE OAK, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas man is working to get his yard back in shape after it was destroyed by wild hogs.
"These were all big, big holes in the front yard," said Les Milligan as he looked at his front yard. "I've since gone back and filled them in after I found all the damage."
Milligan said he discovered the damage at his White Oak home on Wednesday morning. He said his wife first noticed the damage while leaving for work.
"First, she thought it was armadillos," Milligan said. "But then I came out and looked. And there was no denying that it was wild hogs."
According to Milligan, the hogs left a path of damage from the family's front porch flower beds to big holes in the front yard.
While there are many state regulations for other animals, hogs are unprotected. The state considers them exotic, non-game animals with no seasons or bag limits. The only thing required to legally hunt hogs in hunting license and also permission from the landowner.
"They're really brave and really smart," said Jason Misenheimer, the owner of Swamp Stomp. "So when they figure out an area is safe, they'll move in closer and closer until they're right in someone's backyard. We've even seen it where some hogs have rooted up potted ferns on a person's back porch."
For now, Milligan has set up traps nearby to capture the hogs in hopes of protecting both his property and his family.
"Had my wife or any of my kids walked out this front door while those pigs were standing there, it would've been a bad situation," Milligan said.