White Oak City Council weighing options on feral hog mess

White Oak City Council weighing options on feral hog mess

WHITE OAK, Texas (KLTV) - If you own a home you know how expensive that yard can be. Well, some White Oak residents now have yards that look like they have been plowed, thanks to wild hogs.

KLTV spoke with the White Oak City Coordinator about the first step to get the hogs out of the city limits.

This is not the first time this yard has looked completely destroyed; it’s the third, and it was caught on security camera. The feral hogs don’t seem to miss a single grub.

White Oak City Coordinator Charles Smith thinks most residents would rather have grubs than hogs. He thinks the hogs are:

“Coming up out of the creek beds apparently because we’re seeing more damage along the creek beds and residents that are near the creek beds. So the hogs are coming up and their foraging and tearing up yards and there’s been a lot of dollar damage to people’s yards,” Smith said.

He’s taken calls from about ten residents with damaged yards.

“That’s just the ones that have given me a call and asked if there’s any solution to it. There’s no telling actually have had some damage in their yard from these feral hogs,” Smith pointed out.

The White Oak City Council is meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday at White Oak City Hall. One of the items on the agenda is voting to authorize the mayor to negotiate an agreement for feral hog abatement.

And since announcing the meeting:

“I’ve had several calls from professional hog hunters and trappers already, just today,” Smith stated.

So at the upcoming meeting they will discuss their options. Smith feels they have to do something since:

“We’re seeing a lot of it this time of year, every year. They’ll come in and spend a week up here, and then we won’t see them or hear of anybody complaining about them again for maybe a week or two, and then they’ll show back up,” Smith said.

The city knows it’s a big expense to replace grass or sod, and right now it’s a gamble.

“And then you turn around and wake up the next morning and it’s done again. It’s kind of like throwing money into the wind,” Smith said.

So White Oak is clearing a path to get rid of the feral farmers.

The city plans on discussing all options available to get rid of the hogs, and wants to remind residents it is illegal to discharge a firearm in the city limits. Smith said he hasn’t heard of any dangerous encounters between hogs and people.

The White Oak City Council is meeting tonight at 5 p.m. at White Oak City Hall One of the items on the agenda is voting to authorize the mayor to negotiate an agreement for feral hog abatement.

“We realize there is a feral hog issue not only in White Oak but also throughout East Texas, and we are trying to find a way to curtail it and address the issue," Smith said.

Source: White Oak city manager
Source: White Oak city manager (Source: White Oak city manager)

One of the topics of discussion will be to see if contracts can be created between the city and the landowners on how to hunt the hogs and how to pay for the services Copyright 2020 KLTV. All rights reserved.