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Residents come together to rid feral hogs

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They're already a growing problem along central Texas highways, and now feral hogs are tearing up yards in residential neighborhoods.

"They've been spotted at night," said Linda Mitchell, of Georgetown.

Mitchell hasn't seen the feral hogs in her River Ridge neighborhood, but neighbors have.

Mitchell's front yard has several bald spots, where hogs dug deep to find food.

"They will dig a hole about 10'' deep and they just remove and push up all of the roots and grass and what we've done is fill in the holes because the grass is probably destroyed."

Local laws prevent residents inside Georgetown city limits from shooting the wild hogs.

"You can trap them all you want. I could have traps on my front yard set up for them and trap them. That's fine, but because we're in the city of Georgetown we cannot discharge a firearm to kill them," said Mitchell.

Frustrated residents are going to police for answers, but there's only so much the officers can do.

"We're not going to come out and shoot it either. We don't have an exemption to discharge firearms in the city limits. If we're discharging firearms it's because it's a life and death deal," said Asst. Chief Cory Tchida, with Georgetown Police Department.

"When you're having the damage, you want something done now and you can't. It's not there," said Mitchell.

The city of Georgetown is holding a forum to gather residents and city leaders to come up with a solution to the problem.

The forum will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the main library at 402 W, 8th Street, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. All residents of Georgetown are invited to attend.

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