HOUSTON (AP) — Some property-destroying feral hogs being trapped in the Houston area will be butchered and the meat donated to food banks.

Harris County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a one-year, $217,600 contract with J&J Packing Co.

The Houston Chronicle reports metal traps will be set up near two reservoirs. The destructive pigs will be taken to a processing facility in Brookshire.

Brian Mesenbrink is a wildlife disease biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mesenbrink says trapping and processing can be costly, plus wild pigs can carry diseases.

Commissioner Steve Radack says it's common for people to hunt and eat feral hogs. His district last year secured a $630,000 federal grant to study hog removal, pay for traps and process 2,500 pigs.

The processing contract takes effect in May.


Information from: Houston Chronicle, www.houstonchronicle.com