"Irving residents stopped complaining about wild pigs tearing up their yards around the same time the city caught a handful of the meddlesome animals.That was more than two months ago. Since then, the city has caught more than 150 additional pigs, and it doesn't plan to slow down any time soon."We're just going to keep at it," said Jonathon Bazan, the city's assistant intergovernmental services director.In October, the city responded to residents' complaints that wild pigs were romping through a south Irving neighborhood at night. The swine were destroying lawns as they dug for grubs and acorns.Once the animals realized that certain yards were a food source, the lawns became part of their regular rotation in the hunt for a meal. In all, the city has trapped more than 160 pigs.The hogs travel up and down the Trinity in packs as large as 60. Bazan said Irving has compared notes with other cities to see who else has experienced problems.While Irving initially used cages that caught one or just a few pigs at a time, it's now using larger corral-type traps that can snag about 20 hogs at once.The city bought a trailer that connects to the door of the traps so they can easily collect the hogs once they've been captured. The pigs are then taken to Fort Worth's Frontier Meats. Wild pigs are known for being especially tasty.For every pig the city brings the company, Frontier donates $30 to the animal assistance fund that animal services uses for emergency pet surgeries, dental work and other welfare causes, Bazan said. So far, it's garnered the city more than $5,000."http://www.txcn.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories...-----Just think of all that BACON!
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