UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
WACO -- Feral hogs have people in Central Texas on alert. Game Wardens say the population is booming this summer, and the hogs are making their way closer and closer to the city.
It's not unusual to see feral hog traps scattered along farms, but in the city, that's a whole other issue.
"It's surprising to see such a large number of hogs in such a populated area like we have here. but they are expanding, population wise, quite quickly," says Game Warden Jason Campbell.
The hogs have gone from destroying farmers' crops to causing danger on the roadways.
"One of the most prominent dangers especially next to any kind of roadway is that a driver might not see them at night because of the dark color and possibly have a collision with the hogs," says Campbell.
Professional hunter Brian McClanahan says you normally catch the pests wreaking havoc on farms.
"In one night, you can see 20,30,40,100 acres, depending on what's going on there, disappear in a night. It will just be rutted," says McClanahan.
Lately, he has caught wild hogs next to industrial areas in Temple and Belton.
On top of that, game wardens spotted 50 feral hogs just off Loop 340 in Waco. McClanahan says you don't want to see them that close to the city.
"They make it into a neighborhood, people have dogs or goats or small calves, and they'll eat them."
Farmers tell us they're always fighting the pests with traps and helicopter hunters. But now, the city is looking to hunters for help before the hogs start hurting people.