Wild Hogs Scare Residents Off Atlanta Streetsthe daily dish
A big bear recently frightened the residents San Luis Obispo, Calif., but that was just one animal. According to the Associated Press, the Georgia metropolis of Atlanta is being bullied by an entire group of feral hogs.
The hogs have been hanging around a suburban area of Atlanta, creating fear in the parents that live in the homes nearby. Many residents have stopped allowing their children to walk to the bus stop each morning, because of the animals they've spotted. Trappers are working to catch the hogs and hope to have the job done this week.
"My children are petrified," said Taneisha Danner, a mom who just moved to the area. "I have little ones that get on the bus at 6:40 in the morning. So, I'm sorry - I'm not built to fight off wildlife."
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The animals are said to be very large, with some tall enough to reach a man's waist. Wildlife experts have warned those living in the area not to corner the hogs, because the animals become aggressive when they feel threatened.
While officials are working on catching the hogs, many wonder how the animals ended up in Atlanta at all. Charlie Killmaster, a deer and feral hog biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resource, says that feral pigs can be found in almost every county of Georgia. They are the product of escaped farm pigs and wild hogs that started breeding back in the early 1900s.
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