Wild boars wreak havoc in North Knoxville

Wild boars wreak havoc in North Knoxville, TWRA still trying to catch some

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An unidentified neighbor shared this photo of one of the wild hogs spotted in North Knoxville. An unidentified neighbor shared this photo of one of the wild hogs spotted in North Knoxville.
Ann Wheeler has been living in Knoxville her entire life. She never expected to see a hog running wild in her neighborhood. Ann Wheeler has been living in Knoxville her entire life. She never expected to see a hog running wild in her neighborhood.
"The most danger that they pose would be in disease transmission to animals and in some cases humans. These things are a threat to native vegetation, but they are also a threat to agricultural crops and to people's homes," said Matt Cameron with TWRA. "The most danger that they pose would be in disease transmission to animals and in some cases humans. These things are a threat to native vegetation, but they are also a threat to agricultural crops and to people's homes," said Matt Cameron with TWRA.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is on the lookout for wild hogs on the loose in North Knoxville.

Hogs have been spotted from Fulton High School up to areas near Oglewood Avenue. A couple of the wild hogs have been captured, but the TWRA believes more may be in the area.

6 News spoke with one woman who says she first spotted one of the hogs in December. Since then, many of her neighbors have seen hogs, eventually calling TWRA for help. So far in the past two weeks, the TWRA has trapped two boars in North Knoxville.

Ann Wheeler has been living in Knoxville her entire life. She never expected to see a hog running wild in her neighborhood.

"Never, it was quite a surprise," said Wheeler.

One night in December, Wheeler was driving home on Oglewood Avenue when she saw something large and dark in her road.

"I drove up, my light shined on its face and I saw its snout that's how I knew it was not a dog. It was a pig," said Wheeler.

For several weeks, her neighbors continued to see hogs wreaking havoc in the neighborhood.

"It started rooting around in someone's yard and regularly making visits to people's porches and looking for garbage and that kind of thing. So I think it kind of became a creature of the neighborhood. And I think there were some reports that it was walking down by the school even," said Wheeler.

The TWRA has set up traps along the creek bed between Fulton High School and Oglewood Avenue. So far they've trapped two male hogs.

According to Matt Cameron with the TWRA, one boar weighed 250 pounds. From looking at tracks, Cameron believes there might be a sow and some piglets still loose.

"The most danger that they pose would be in disease transmission to animals and in some cases humans. These things are a threat to native vegetation, but they are also a threat to agricultural crops and to people's homes," said Cameron.

Cameron says the hogs were domesticated at one point because the captured boars were castrated. He says hogs that appear wild are illegal to possess. Wheeler is confident with the TWRA's assistants the wild hogs will soon be out of her neighborhood.

"I think they've got it on the radar screen and things will be okay," said Wheeler.

Cameron says wild hogs multiply quickly and a large group of hogs can do thousands of dollars of damage in a neighborhood. He says the hogs will be euthanized because they cannot be released in any other areas.

TWRA has several traps out to capture the remaining hogs. The public is asked to stay away from these traps.

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