Wild hogs destroy grounds at Tyrrell Park

A statue of a majestic elk graces the Beaumont Botanical Gardens at Tyrrell Park, but a different animal has been causing trouble at the park lately, wild hogs.

"More than a little bit actually, they attacked us pretty hard in the back part of the garden area," park groundskeeper Gary Outenreath told 12 News Thursday morning.

Outenreath says wild hogs have been tearing up grass, plants and flowers for the past month.

"They root around and dig up stuff, looking for grubs or worms or whatever they can find that suits their palate. They're kinda like bulldozers with hair," Outenreath said.

He thinks they may have come from a landfill well beyond the park. Sand now covers the spots they dug up, and the flowers they uprooted have been put back in place.

"We had to pick them up, re-sculpture the beds and everything else we'd already done we got to do it again," he said.

The golf course down the street has also been hit by the hungry beasts. Just a few yards from a putting green you can see where the hogs left their mark, leaving a huge patch of torn up grass. The groundskeeper at the golf course says they're lucky the hogs have yet to tear up the green, which would be costly and time consuming to fix. 

No hogs have been caught, and Outenreath just hopes he's seen the last of them.

"It doesn't take many of them to do a lot of damage. Hopefully they've moved on to some other green pastures besides ours," he said.
No one at the park has been hurt by the hogs. The groundskeeper at the golf course said he has set up traps in an effort to catch the animals, but has had no success. He believes there may be as many as 30 roaming the area.




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