Ft. Myers feral hog fix
FORT MYERS, Fla. - An update on that feral hog problem in South Fort Myers.
Thursday night, the pigs were pushed back into the Six Mile Cypress Preserve right next door to the neighborhood they terrorized.
A Friday morning in the Cross Creek neighborhood, crews were hard at work reinforcing the weak parts of the perimiter fence with another made of galvanized steel.
The fence is expected to be complete by early next week.
The feral hogs tore up the yards in the neighborhood this week and residents demanded action.
FOX 4 talked with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission about the hog problem. They say it's a big problem in the state but it's up to the counties if they want to thin the population.
"That's really your only option is to exclude, to trap, to hunt because their reproductive biology is explosive," FWC biologist Chad Allison said. "They reach sexual maturity within a year typically and they can have multiple litters in a year."
"Hopefully this is a short term problem that we've dealt with and we'll move on and keep an eye on it," said Frank Manrato, the president of the Cross Creek Master Board.
A fence isn't the only thing in the neighborhood that's being done to stop the problem. Thursday night hunters came with dogs to capture some of the hogs and scare the others away.