Nuisance trapper says the giant boar is the largest his company has ever caught
Check out the size of this pig. The 411-pound boar was captured and removed from Gateway Hills Golf Course in San Antonio, Texas, last week. Wyatt Walton, who works at Lone Star Trapping, a company that specializes in removing hogs, told mySA.com he was called to the golf course Thursday and had to use K-9 assistance to catch the "extremely large, trap-smart boar."
Walton posted images of the big pig on Facebook and wrote that Lone Star Trapping has removed more than 1,200 feral hogs from the Joint Base San Antonio area in the past three years and an additional 2,000 from surrounding HOAs. He said the hog from Thursday was the largest the company has ever caught in San Antonio, and he plans to mount its head.
In an effort to combat the problem, on Sept. 1, 2019, Texas made it legal to hunt the nuisance critters on private land without a license.
Despite trapping a large number of hogs, Walton's work is far from over. In the Facebook post, he wrote, As San Antonio continues to flourish in population, there's that much more native land having developments built on it. To accommodate the growth, native wildlife is just being pushed and pushed. Eventually, you end up having instances with human interactions, as [the animals] are just trying to survive.
According to Texas Parks & Wildlife, there are more than 1.5 million feral hogs in Texas. The increase in population and distribution is due in part to intentional releases, improved habitat, increased wildlife management and improved animal husbandry, such as disease eradication, limited natural predators and high reproductive potential.
In an effort to combat the problem, on Sept. 1, 2019, Texas made it legal to hunt the nuisance critters on private land without a license, so long as permission is obtained.