By this point, there's a good chance that you've seen them roaming around the streets of Spring, Tomball, maybe even Kingwood. They travel in packs. They used to travel exclusively at night, but they've been spotted roaming around in broad daylight. They're Houston's wild hogs, and they're out of control. The population of wild hogs throughout Texas is absurd, with estimates around 1.5 million.
These hogs are getting closer and closer to highly populated residential areas, sometimes destroying lawns and gardens with their foraging habits. Steven Horelica, co-owner of a Texas-based hog trapping business, says that while the hogs might come across your path, they're not dangerous unless they feel threatened.
He suggests that residents leave the hog population to the experts and not try to take trapping into their own hands: "It is sometimes a fight to have 33 hogs in a big corral pen who are angry and upset and they want to fight you. They are going to try and cut you with their tusks, they are going to try and fight you, they are going to try and ram you through the fence. So you have to be careful and cautious and know what you are doing and not just get out there and get yourself hurt."
It's a pig's world, the rest of us are just living in it.