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Posted on: May 10, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Dallas Park and Recreation Activates Feral Hog Abatement Program

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Feral Hogs are a menace to our City and are causing tens of thousands of dollars in property damage every year.

Feral Hogs are a menace to our City and are causing tens of thousands of dollars in property damage every year. In response, the City of Dallas Park and Recreation is launching a new program that will trap them, reduce their numbers and reduce the destruction to park land.

“In addition to property damage, feral hogs can have negative impacts on our natural habitat and water quality,” said Willis Winter, Dallas Park and Recreation Director. “We are activating a new feral hog abatement plan before they become an even bigger nuisance on our parks, trails and neighborhoods.”

This plan is being directed by Urban Biologist Brett Johnson. He’s an expert in his field and a recent addition to the department.

“The plan’s overall goal is to reduce the feral hog population in a humane way and in effect reduce the potential for disease, impacted water quality and reduce property damage,” said Johnson.

In addition to leading the feral hog plan, Johnson is responsible for natural resources programs, prairie management and monarch butterfly habitat management.

“Brett has spent many years studying feral hogs and their effects on urban communities,” said Oscar Carmona, Dallas Park and Recreation Assistant Director. “We couldn’t have hired a better person to oversee our new feral hog abatement plan.”

Dallas Park and Recreation wants to remind citizens that feral hog attacks are very rare but they should keep a safe distance should they encounter one, especially if they have a dog with them. Dogs and feral hogs do not get along. Citizens should always have their dogs on a leash when visiting our parks and trails.

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