Feral Hogs Slaughterhouse
December 14, 2011 by staff
Scott Hanlan, assistant code compliance director for the city of Fort Worth, said calls began coming in from frightened residents Sunday afternoon as hogs ran through backyards and near businesses.
The critters had escaped from holding pens at Beltex/Frontier Meats, 3801 N. Grove St.
Company officials told authorities that about 30 hogs escaped but that 14-15 were captured on the property.
The city’s animal control wildlife response teams captured 13 hogs and euthanized them, Hanlan said.
“We began trying to capture as many of these as possible,” Hanlan said. “The details were, and are, still kind of sketchy.”
Fox 4 broadcast cellphone video of the fleeing hogs, shot by residents.
The calls from frightened residents stopped at dusk, and Hanlan said there have been no more reported sightings today.
Code compliance officers were driving through the neighborhoods to inform residents to call for help if any more hogs show up in back yards or are seen roaming through neighborhoods. The hogs can weigh as much as 300 pounds.
“They can be dangerous if cornered, but I suspect the majority who got away have found their way out of the neighborhood,” Hanlan said.
Frontier Meats officials did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The plant processes high-end ostrich, deer, boar and cattle, along with beef for the kosher market under the supervision of rabbis with the Orthodox Union certification agency.
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