Wild hogs causing more problems than ever for local landowners

They're booming in numbers and destroying east Texas crops at an alarming rate - wild hogs.

A local rancher says he's seen more damage this summer than ever before, so he's fighting back. He's just captured a Russian boar and Thursday, he showed KLTV 7's Courtney Lane how he's eliminating the problem.

Rancher Bob Griffin shows us his prize catch - a 250 pound wild Russian boar.

"They have a longer head, and are more adapted to living in the wild - and meaner."

This one isn't mature enough to have tusks, but many do, and Griffin says it makes them even more dangerous.

"They're razor sharp and they're powerful and so it just goes in you and out of you and takes a chunk out of you," said Griffin.

He's been trying to run off these aggressive animals for more than a decade, but they're still doing a lot of damage. Just this morning, Griffin discovered a large portion of his hay field torn apart and what they're after is nut sage.

"The root on the end of the nut sage is what they go for," said Griffin.

"It's a good thing that a lot of farmers have insurance on their crops, without it there'd be so much money lost," said Jeremy Peyton.

Fed up with the devastation to his crops, Griffin called Peyton, who hunts and traps wild hogs.

"This is the way to get rid of them."

They say they've caught nearly 15 in the past couple of weeks.

But at the rate they reproduce, they still have a lot of work to do.

"They have no natural enemies and they just keep multiplying," said Griffin.

"The more you take out the less damage you'll have and that's the name of the game. It's not that you'll get rid of them cause once you get, you can come out and shoot a whole group one night there'll be another group to replace that," said Peyton.

Griffin plans on leveling and replanting the field, and hopefully catch more before they do any further damage.

It is illegal in Texas to release a captured wild hog. If you need help controlling them on your property, call your local AG extension office.