Wild Hog Round-Up Underway at Dallas Cemetery – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
A nonprofit group that traps wild boars to provide meat to veterans is hoping to solve the pig box that wreaked havoc on a Dallas cemetery.
An online post from Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in far southeast Dallas accused the pigs of digging the ground around graves all over the Dowdy Ferry Road property.
The damage bothered the relatives of the deceased.
All three of Earline Caldwell’s sons are buried in the cemetery after the 2018 tragedy struck two of them within minutes of each other and the third passed away months later in 2019.
“That was my whole family, that was all I was putting out there,” she said.
The condition of the graves reminds them of the original burials.
“You pay your money for this peaceful place and you get it,” said Caldwell.
Bridgett Anderson’s grandmother has been on the Lincoln Memorial for more than 20 years. She, too, is now broken about the state of the grave.
“I’ve been out there several times and I’m supposed to fix it. They haven’t fixed it yet, ”said Anderson.
Wild boars can weigh up to 300 pounds and reproduce quickly. The area along the Trinity River is pig heaven for pig breeding.
With the right food and water, they will breed up to three times a year with 10 or more piglets in each litter, according to Chris Matthews, president of the Hogs for a Cause Texas group.
He said the pig population along the Trinity River next to the cemetery has likely grown for years, explaining occasional damage that relatives had reported in the past and that increased sharply this spring.
“The cornerstones that will be rooted and the locations that will be rooted are the pigs that look for maggots,” he said. “They will always be a problem and the only solution to that is to catch.”
His group set several traps in the cemetery on Tuesday, including a large corral with gates that close remotely after large numbers of animals enter.
“I think we’ll catch most of them from the area,” said Matthews.
Attention to the problem has been encouraging to the relatives, but they still want answers from the cemetery about repairs to the graves.
“I think Lincoln should have told us what was going on,” said Caldwell.
Bridgett Anderson said she still has trouble believing that wild boars are responsible for all the damage she has seen.
“We trust Lincoln with our loved ones so that they must be at peace,” said Anderson.
The general manager of Lincoln Memorial Cemetery returned no message on Tuesday.