MELBOURNE, Fla. (UPI) -- A Florida homeowner's association says trick-or-treating is under threat from the wild hogs overrunning their neighborhood.
The homeowners association for the Sawgrass at Suntree neighborhood, located just north of Melbourne, said it is concerned the wild hogs could pose a threat to trick-or-treaters and a trapper is working this week to remove the swine in time for the holiday.
The trapper, James Dean, said he has captured eight hogs so far this week. He said the animals have been accused of digging up 17 lawns in the area.
"Some of the homeowners are telling me they're walking out on the sidewalk, they're pooping, they're crossing the road," Dean told WESH-TV.
He said a final push is being planned to clear the hogs out before Halloween.
"What we'll do is come in Wednesday or Thursday with a pack of dogs that will actually catch the hogs and at least scare them further away from the residents around here," Dean said.
Dean told Florida Today the hogs come from a nearby wildlife area and have caused problems in previous years.
"This year is the worst I've ever seen," Dean said.Copyright 2014 by United Press International