Wild hogs worry Gautier residents in Hickory Hills

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - Gautier's Animal Control officer is working with the state Department Of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks to trap wild hogs spotted in the Hickory Hills area.

The city has received several calls from concerned residents, worried about the animals running wild. Because of that, the police department issued a news release Thursday with a reminder to residents that it is against the law to discharge a firearm within the city limits of Gautier.

They ask for the public to be patient and allow the Animal Control officers to safely locate, trap and remove the animal from the area.

So what do you do if you spot a wild hog in Gautier? Notify Gautier's Animal Control officer by calling (228) 761-6090, or call the Mississippi Department Of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks at (601) 432-2170.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said the wild hog population is growing because they lack natural predators and can survive in virtually any habitat.

Starting July 1, wild hogs will become part of Mississippi's beaver control program. Lawmakers decided to expand the program to include both nuisance animals.

It's already illegal in Mississippi to import or transport live wild hogs or to release them into the wild. There is a maximum $5,000 fine and five days in jail, if found guilty.

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