Wild Boar In Jacksonville Suburb Causes Concern

Aug 18, 2014

Reports of a wild boar terrorizing an Arlington subdivision has citizens around the city wondering if this could happen where they live.

According to Greg Workman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the answer is yes.

A wild boar in south Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
Credit Craig ONeal / Flickr

Although they’re more of a problem in rural areas, a hungry wild pig or boar can turn up for food literally anywhere, said Workman.

“They are very efficient in trying to get food by rooting up and eating tender shoots of plants and insects that are found in the ground. And if they can get some really good St Augustine grass, I imagine they’d really like it because it will hold a lot of nutrients. [And] anywhere there’s a garden, that’s just an extra treat for them," he said.

The skinny, wiry haired animals have tusks and can be difficult to get rid of. If you don’t live in an area where you can legally shoot them, the other alternative is to try and trap them.

If you see one, it’s very likely there are one or two more hidden nearby, Workman said.

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*Correction- this story was updated to reflect that correct location of the neighborhood where the boar is located.