Gator gorging on feral hog in state park caught on cam by Tomball resident

Gator gorging on feral hog in state park caught on cam by Tomball resident

Author: Marcy de Luna

Published: April 24, 2019

Although Liz Lamontine Buck has been celebrating Easter at Brazos Bend State Park for 22 years, Saturday marked a first for the Tomball resident.

While on a bicycle ride at Brazos Bend, Buck spotted an 8- to 10-foot-long alligator feeding on a feral hog.

At the time, Buck was with her family and a neighbor coming back from a picnic.

"We saw a big alligator on the bank of Big Creek on our way to the picnic area," Buck told Chron.com. "On our way back, the alligator was in the same spot but he had something in his mouth."

Using binoculars, Buck was able to get a clear view of alligator, which had an approximately 60-pound hog in its mouth.

After taking a photo, Buck and her group continued on their way but returned to scene a few hours later, she said.

"We went back for another look but he'd taken his pig and gone off somewhere," Buck said.

"I'm happy the hog got eaten because they're a real problem there. They root up the land and destroy so much," she added.

Wild hogs are an invasive species that wreak havoc on the ecosystem, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) website.

Texas landowners can get rid of a hog in their property by any means necessary, including shooting, snaring, trapping and capture with dogs trained for that purpose, according the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension website.

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