Wild boars prompt warning in Riverview community

5:21 AM, Nov 20, 2013   |    comments
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Riverview, Florida -- Wild boars are on the loose in a Hillsborough County neighborhood, and parents are being warned about sending their kids to the bus stop alone.

The boars have been spotted this past week all throughout Boyette Springs in the Riverview and FishHawk area. That includes in broad daylight near a 7-Eleven store on Fishhawk Boulevard.

"He was standing right there by the mailbox just rooting... he was actually rooting," said Brittaney Peoski, who saw the boar as recently as Sunday in her neighbor's yard and called to warn her neighbor.

The homeowners association issued a warning Monday after a woman said she and her daughter were chased by two of the wild pigs.

That message: parents in Boyette Springs should wait with their kids at the bus stop, since boars are most active at dawn and dusk.

"We make sure all the lights are on everywhere around the house so we can see any little thing that might come along," said resident Eileen Knowles.

Since they're not native Florida animals, Florida Fish and Wildlife typically won't deal with boars. Neighbors say they've hired a private trapper try to get these pigs off their streets.

So what do you do if you come nose to snout with a boar?

Like most wild animals, they are scared of you and want to get away. Make sure you don't come between a mother and her young, and don't corner them.

In just about every case, if you give them the opportunity to get away, they will run off.

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