Navasota resident Pat Gaston didn't think a wild hog running near downtown Navasota was a hog at all.
"That's a really funny looking dog. And then he turned his head and I said, oh that's not a dog, that's a pig," said Gaston.
When you're just a few blocks from the city center, you'd never expect to see a wild boar. But that's exactly what was roaming the streets Navasota.
"This isn't just in Navasota. We see it happening in many cities and towns throughout Texas," said Steve Stribling with Hog Busters.
Stribling has been a busy man this winter with the hog population continuing to boom. Now the hogs are being seen more and more in highly populated areas and near major roadways. They've even been spotted on area golf courses.
"Typically during the winter, they're more active because they are foraging more for food," said Stribling.
But it's not just Navasota where boars are the bearers of bad news.
Off of Greens Prairie Road in the Sweetwater subdivision, the hogs have run wild. Over the last month 23 hogs have been caught rummaging through yards.
"I've been living here 16 years and this is the first time I've ever been hit with them," said Sweetwater resident Jerry Ransom.
Ransom is proud of his yard and does everything he can to maintain it. But the hogs have changed everything.
"It was just unbelievable how much damage they had done out here," said Ransom.
Residents have very few options when it comes to dealing with these wild animals. Shooting them isn't an option in a populated area and approaching them is considered very risky.
"If you do run into a hog, call the police or animal control and let them deal with them. Don't try to mess with them because they are dangerous," said Stribling.
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