Scott Hollister, Superintendent of Twin Rivers GC in Oviedo, Fla., called in a wild-animal tracker to trap and relocate the pigs, which can damage the golf course while rooting for food and are dangerous when protecting their young.
It’s no secret that people can see plenty of wildlife in parts of Central Florida, from deer to alligators and more recently coyotes. However, Twin Rivers Golf Club in Oviedo has seen a growing population of another wild animal—the wild pig, News 13 out of Orlando reported.
The wild pigs were first spotted by the golf course superintendent Scott Hollinger, News 13 reported. He has worked on Central Florida golf courses for more than 25 years and has never before had a wild pig problem.
“I’ve learned here [at Twin Rivers] is a perfect breeding ground for them,” Hollinger said. “They have plenty of food and water, and they are protected. That is why they come on to the golf course, at times looking for food, and that is when they become a problem.”
Recently, the wild pigs tore up a tee box in the area of the University of Central Florida’s practice facility located in the back of Twin Rivers’ driving range, News 13 reported. The area disturbed by the wild pigs lifts the ground up, causing what looks like tunnels being carved into the turf.
Wild pigs go rooting when looking for food. The use their nose to dig in the soil in search of underground items, such as roots and insects.
To try and help curtail the wild pig population, Twin Rivers called in some professional help, which set up surveillance and brought along man’s best friend, News 13 reported.
“They [the tracker] would bring their dogs out in the evening to track their trails and where they were hanging out,” Hollinger said. “That’s when they would start trapping them and pushing them back towards the wetlands.”
If you come across a wild pig, you are advised to climb a tree or head in the complete opposite direction, News 13 reported. Wild pigs are most dangerous when they are traveling and protecting their young.
View News 13’s report, with film of the pigs on the course and an interview with Hollister, HERE.