Wild hogs roaming in Seymour, resident says

Wild hogs in Seymour / Source: Janice White

SEYMOUR, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Seymour resident said she spotted what she believes were several wild hogs out and about in the community.

Janice White said she spotted the animals on Thursday evening. She said she saw a total of three wandering in the area of Burnett Lane near the Blount/Knox County line.

White said earlier in the day, at around 3 p.m., her daughter saw one wild hog while coming home. The family left to travel to Maryville a short time later, and when they came back home, the first hog had been joined by two more.

White said, "We first thought they might have been potbelly pigs, but the way they're shaped" made them seem feral, not domesticated.

"They were fast, to be kind of big like that," she added.

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, landowners lost $28.31 million in 2015 in value of damage and control cost due to wild hogs.

"The damage they cause has become more common and widespread as during the last fifteen years as they have gone from being present in 15 counties in Tennessee to being present in nearly 80 of a total of 95 counties," TWRA said.

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