Wild pigs have been encountered in Brookwood, and they will soon be the focus of a professional trapper. David Ray, Nocatee Community Manager, has received numerous complaints about the pigs and not only from Brookwood residents. As this has become an issue for the entire community, the expense will be borne by the Tolomato Community Development District (CDD).
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s website, the wild pig, also called the wild hog, wild boar or feral pig, is not a Florida native and may have been introduced by Spanish explorers as early as 1539. They are found in all of Florida’s 67 counties and can reach weights of more than 150 pounds. The pigs feed by rooting with their broad snouts and leave many areas looking like a plowed field.
If you see one of these animals, please remember that they can be dangerous. Although wild hogs usually prefer to run and escape danger, if they are injured, cornered, or with young, they can become aggressive, move with great speed, and cause serious injury (mainly with their hooves and tusks).