Last fall, the fate of Dallas' destructive, hyper-sexual feral hog population rested in the traps of just one man, Osvaldo Rojas, who runs a feral hog business called City Trapping. He'd been hired to capture hogs on some city property before, but September was when he got the big contract, a three-year, $284,000 deal to capture all of the feral hogs in Dallas city limits. This was necessary, officials explained at the time, because the population of feral hogs in North Texas was growing out of control.
At the time, Rojas gave Unfair Park vivid descriptions of the high-tech hog traps he planned to use but declined to say where he was going to put them. So, watch where you step.
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But it turns out, as Rojas was going on a media blitz, giving excited Dallas reporters tours of his anti-hog arsenal, city officials changed their minds. It's now been seven months since Rojas was supposed to have started trapping all our hogs, but the city never made the deal official. Hogs are still running loose.
"There's been a bunch of people complaining to the city and the city's not doing anything about it," Rojas tells Unfair Park.
Local landowners and lower-level city employees figured out that there was a problem with the contract slowly, when feral hogs kept destroying stuff and making baby hogs, and no one seemed to be doing anything to stop them. More »