Feral hogs in Durant city limits

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

DURANT, OK -- Hog hunting is a popular hobby for many Texomans,
but now instead of heading out to the country to hunt, the hogs are coming to them in the city.

Hog hunters say they've caught nine hogs in two different backyards recently. Right by the Southeastern baseball field, 30 hogs were caught in a month. One weighed 500 pounds. All within Durant's city limits.

"It's pretty scary. When I come out here to work in my flower garden I kind of look around first," Durant resident Jean Pearcy said.

Pearcy and her neighbors have a wild hog problem. This is a picture she took right outside her back door. You can see nine wild piglets.

"They kept coming and like they were gonna walk up on the patio. So, I opened the door and shooed them off," Pearcy said.

The wild hogs have been spotted in this neighborhood and near a lot of places in town.

"Right next to the high school, swimming pool, police station, highway patrol station. You know, a lot of kids in the nieghborhood area so I guess they're getting braver coming into town," Mark Rawlings said.

"It's kinda becoming a little bit of an issue," Chris Pierce said.

Pierce and Rawlings have set up traps in Pearcy's backyard and another resident's yard. They caught four in this trap, and five in this one. This is video from some of their catches.

"They're actually really smart so we have this top on them, because if we don't they'll crawl over the top," Pierce said.

In 2006, the Noble foundation reported there were over one million feral hogs in Oklahoma.

Rawlings believes that number has grown because hogs reproduce at rapid rates. So, he's worried that they won't be able to stop the ones in the city limits.

They reproduce so fast that I don't think it's gonna curve it much.

They keep the traps stocked with food, and kill each one they get.

Pearcy says she knows she got lucky that the ones who came so close to her back door were small.

"Of course we're concerned now because they're growing and I know as they grow very big they're not going to scatter as easily. In fact, they might not want to at all," Pearcy said.

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  • by Frank Location: Hackemoff on Jul 19, 2012 at 07:58 AM
    I have been to that bar.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2012 at 01:26 PM
    How about dumping a truck load of wild hogs onto the White House lawn..........
  • by Texas NDN Location: Denison on Jul 14, 2012 at 09:03 AM
    Take 'em down, process 'em & donate the meat to local shelters.
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      by Ralph on Jul 16, 2012 at 08:48 AM in reply to Texas NDN
      We won't be able to when the democrats take our guns away! Have you seen where Hilary Clinton and Obama are wanting to sign a NATO gun-control agreement??? That will only 1) increase violent crime dramatically, 2) giver govt. more control, and 3) disarm honest citizens and prevent them from defending themselves. What has it come to in this country??? We MUST have true "change" in November or there is no "hope" for us!
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        by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2012 at 09:27 AM in reply to Ralph
        I wouldn't get too worried about that. It takes a super majority in the Senate to ratify a treaty and no treaty like that will ever pass the US Senate or pass the review of the Supreme Court. But the fact that it is even considered is good enough reason to get rid of the regime in place, not that I'm all that certain what would replace it will do any better.
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        by Texas on Jul 16, 2012 at 10:07 AM in reply to Ralph
        Ralph, I completely and totaly agree!! You could not have said it any better!!
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        by Kevin on Jul 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM in reply to Ralph
        First of all its a UN treaty that deals with international sales of arms, and has nothing to do with sales inside the United States. So unless you're selling guns to other countries, or importing AK's, you are probably fine. Second, being a UN mandate, it will take 3/4 of Congress to pass, which seems really unlikely.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2012 at 01:32 PM in reply to Ralph
        Saw the video and it's scary. My biggest fear is that this is a global thing and the United Nations is bigger than Hillary, Obama, The Court, or Congress......
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        by Willie on Jul 16, 2012 at 02:00 PM in reply to Ralph
        You kooks will believe anything. Look up your scary NATO gun control story on any fact check sites. Just like every other "Obama is going to take our guns" story that the NRA wants you to believe, it's just another stupid scare tactic they know morons will fall for. And like the other guy said about congress voting for such bills. Not even a majority of Democratic Senators & Reps would vote for any kind of bill to "disarm" citizens. It's amazing how dumbed down the Republicans have become over the last three years. You wackos need to try to quit making yourselves look so stupid.
  • by Michael Location: Sherman on Jul 14, 2012 at 06:51 AM
    Just get some eggs and you can go hog wild having bacon and eggs every morning seems like a good way to feed the people in some of the areas homeless shelters and the Salvation army could always use ham hawks .
  • by The Truth on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:48 PM
    These feral hogs are the result of lazy ranchers, the same ones whon let their dogs breed uncontrolled. THEY are to blame for all the hogs and dogs and cats!
  • by Jim Location: Bonham on Jul 13, 2012 at 09:41 PM
    Whatever you do don't sick your dog on one of these unless you're a hunter with a trained dog. These hogs can kill a dog in nothing flat. These people won't see many snakes though or coyotes because the hogs will eat the snakes and run off the coyotes. Very mean critters when trapped or cornered.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2012 at 08:39 PM
    That's why there are an increasing number of cougar sightings in SE OK. If O gets four more years the feral hog problem will cease to be a problem unless folks are fighting over their carcasses.
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