Wild hogs and local trapper part of new Discovery Channel series

7:47 PM, Jan 12, 2011   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida - Some folks complain about working in a cubicle, but you won't hear Bryan Swanson complain about his working conditions, even when he's crawling around in the dirt underneath a house.  He makes a living looking for critters that don't belong there.

"In this instance, I'm finding possum feces up under here," he says, on his stomach, from underneath a house.

Earlier in the day, Swanson crawled out with an opossum by the tail. "They're pretty interesting creatures," he says while holding a young male. "Unfortunately, they're a real bad nuisance when they get in your house."

But Swanson and his Allstar Animal Removal company will soon be known for more than just 'possum patrol. He's featured in a new realty show on the Discovery Channel called Hogs Gone Wild. "They are wild and you will see that," says Swanson of the 10-part series.

Swanson traps wild hogs all over the state, because the pigs plow through neighborhoods leaving dirty destruction behind. "You got a beautiful manicured lawn and, all of a sudden, the next morning it's destroyed. It's like a bulldozer went through."

The Discovery show follows trappers in Florida, Texas and Hawaii. Swanson says the hogs hog the camera and they guarantee plenty of action. "The aggression is just insane. Anything from a small sow to a giant boar will charge and attack you."

Swanson is a wildlife biologist and even if it means getting down and dirty and crawling underneath houses, he digs his outdoor office. "Oh yeah, I love this."

Hogs Gone Wild debuts on the Discovery Channel Sunday January 16th at 10 p.m. For a sneak peak at the show, click here.

Kathryn Bursch, 10 News

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