Mesquite, TX – January 12, 2021 – Mesquite Animal Services has recently received calls regarding feral hog sightings near Lawson Road. With land being cleared for new housing and commercial projects in Mesquite, feral hog activity may become more prevalent. To report feral hog activity online, use the myMesquite customer service platform at www.cityofmesquite.com/myMesquite or call Animal Services at 972-216-6283. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911. Mesquite Animal Services is unable to trap or remove feral hogs, however Staff does track calls and upon request may meet with residents to educate regarding deterrents and resource options and visit to investigate areas for damage caused and relay information to Texas Parks and Wildlife for possible intervention.
Here are a few safety tips:
- Avoid walking through dense undergrowth where feral hogs may be encountered, especially in the spring when mother pigs may be protective of their litters.
- If you see a feral hog, do not approach. Return the way you came or take a detour. Do not corner the animal.
- Keep pets confined to securely fenced areas. Walk dogs on a leash and keep cats indoors.
- In forested areas known to have feral hogs, keep dogs securely leashed.
- In many cases, if feral hogs are seen from a safe distance, you may be able to wait until they have left the area before proceeding.
- Sturdy fences discourage hogs from foraging on private property. Lawns and gardens of homes in wooded areas near creek beds are especially attractive to the hogs.
- Grub worms are a favorite snack for feral hogs. Treating your lawn for grub worms will prevent damage from hogs and other wildlife.
- Motion activated security lights and sprinklers may also act as a deterrent.
Visit www.cityofmesquite.com/FeralHogs for more information.