South Bexar County bands together to capture destructive feral hogs

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by Brix Fowler / KENS 5

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Posted on March 28, 2013 at 8:12 AM

BEXAR COUNTY -- The feral hog problem Peggy Oppelt has had for the last several years is no laughing matter.

"We're hoping to catch all of them," said Oppelt, who serves as an advisory board member for the Land Heritage Institute.

At four feet long and up to 600 pounds, the hogs can do some major damage.

"They've been known to really devastate and demolish a lot of different species that are here on the land like turkeys, deer, quails," said Hannah Oppelt, also with the Land Heritage Institute.

But they do most of the harm to the land with their snouts.

One of the biggest issues feral hogs are causing is they're uprooting the soil. That's why Oppelt has teamed up with several organizations to form the South Bexar County Feral Hog Working Group. They're hoping to raise $30,000 to put up more hog traps. So far they've only captured about 100 in the last couple of years.

"As we attack this with the large amount of acreage that we have in combination, we hope we can make a bigger dent in it than we have individually," Peggy Oppelt said.

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