The new 85-mile-per-hour toll road in Texas wasn't open a single day before it recorded its first accidents. Four accidents, to be exact, all caused by the same thing: wild hogs crossing the roadway. Though no serious injuries were reported, one of the vehicles was totaled.

The area through which State Highway 130 runs is ranch and farm land, on which packs of these feral pigs live and breed. Local news reports say the animals have become such a problem that Caldwell County offers a $2 bounty for hunting them. Local police officers even suspected the pigs might cause problems on the toll road, having recorded packs of them (video below) crossing the road a couple days before the highway opened.

The problem might also be poised to get worse as night begins to fall earlier and traffic on this new segment of SH 130 increases. Indeed, traveling on the toll road is temporarily free through November 11.

If you're traveling on SH 130, the best advice authorities have if you happen to come upon pigs in the roadway is "grip the wheel and keep going." Trying to avoid an accident can often make matters worse. Traveling at speeds lower than the road's fastest-in-the-nation 85 mph might not help either, as the time to respond may still not be enough to avoid an inadvertent bacon-making incident.

Drivers hit wild hogs on new section of SH 130



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      4digital
      • 2 Years Ago
      So what you're telling me is this... 1. The authorities are cool with me going 85mph. 2. The authorities are encouraging me to knock the snot out of any feral pigs in my path. 3. The state is paying two bucks a head for these pigs to be killed. I'm headed out the door right now for the most exciting and profitable road trip I've ever taken.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      The problem with the pigs: 1) they travel in large groups 2) their eyes are not reflective 3) their fur is pitch black 4) they are most active at dusk/night/dawn in lowlight conditions
        NissanGTR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Lol you just described black gangstas minus the reflective part.
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      But if they put signs up the hogs will think it's okay to cross there. They should put the signs on a less busy road.
      Jake
      • 2 Years Ago
      As someone who's family has a large stretch of ranch land that has to contend with these damned beasts; I invite anyone to come down to Texas and try to control these things. They destroy property. You can set traps, we do. You can shoot them, we do. But they can just overwhelm you with reproduction. It's not like they're these endangered condors that are afraid to breed; these are some piglet producing machines and they're very aggressive. And do you really want a bunch of yahoos running through your pastures with rifles hunting hogs around your cattle? There isn't an easy solution.
        Ducman69
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jake
        We have the same problem in Detroit, except with people.
          WillieD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ducman69
          evannever, where does he mention race? Maybe you're the racist...
          evannever
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ducman69
          racism, classy
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ducman69
          lol...here too
        Cecelia
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jake
        Jake, you have got to be a California transplant because no one in Texas knows about the stupidest million dollar birds in the world. I live at the mouth of the Condor Refuge... oh just do not get me started. The problem with the hogs in Texas is that they are so smart it is hard to trap and kill them. We have a place in Winnsboro Texas also we have hired hunters working the property to try to salvage our pasture.
      Johnny_Se7en
      • 2 Years Ago
      Easy just get the epic mealtime guys down there, bacon problem solved.
      Swagger
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mmmm. Bacon.
      Jake
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, our gov has nice hair.
      evannever
      • 2 Years Ago
      This problem is self limiting. The highway just opened. Feral hogs aren't stupid. They will learn when they can and can't cross.
      SteveW
      • 2 Years Ago
      Driving 85 on a toll road with an AR-15 sound like a great way to take care of the problem.
        Paul
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SteveW
        A real M-16 full auto more fun if you have $20,000.00.
      Fan
      • 2 Years Ago
      awesome choice for the pic :)
      icemilkcoffee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sure- pigs could dig under fences- so why not build a wall? If the pigs try to dig under the wall they will find themselves digging under the freeway itself. The piggy is welcome to dig himself all the way across under the freeway.
      tony36619
      • 2 Years Ago
      PORK RIBS
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