FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – Home surveillance cameras captured many wild animals on video, but one Fort Bend County homeowner was surprised at how many animals he captured wandering his neighborhood.
Glen Garner told KHOU that he went to check security footage of his home after seeing damage to his yard.
When he released the video, he said he was shocked to see 25-30 pigs rummaging through the yards along his street.
“You saw a pig, OK. And then you see the whole family troupe arrive. It’s really weird,” Garner said. “They move really fast. Looking at our camera, they were in our yard for less than a minute.
Feral pigs are a largely invasive species introduced to North America in the 1500s by Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernando de Soto. Since then, their numbers have exploded due to a lack of predators and their relatively rapid reproductive rate compared to other land mammals.
KHOU spoke with a hog trapper who works in the Fort Bend County area and he said the only way to control feral hog populations is to capture and kill 75% of the animals.
Feral pigs reproduce at an alarming rate with an average of five to six pigs per litter and one to two litters per year, according to Texas A&M Agrilife Extensionwhich estimates the feral pig population in Texas at 2.6 million.
Feral hogs can be found in 99% of Texas counties and cause an estimated $52 million in damage to agricultural businesses in Texas each year, the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension reports.
Garner said while there was no structural damage from the hogs, damage to the landscaping was extensive.
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