Pigs just the latest wild animals to roam metro Atlanta

Pigs just the latest wild animals to roam metro Atlanta

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“Precious 8” was returned to her Barrow County farm.

For days now, four wild pigs have terrorized residents of a DeKalb County neighborhood.

Sure, maybe “terrorized” is a bit much. But these aren’t exactly the three little pigs we’re talking about. These wild animals, if angered, are capable of harming humans, according to state wildlife officials.

After unsuccessful attempts to catch the wayward pigs, animal experts will place traps, baited with mix of dog food, molasses and corn, in the neighborhood Thursday morning to help corral the animals.

Wild animals roaming metro Atlanta? It happens more often than you might think.

Remember when a zebra, water buffalo, cow and a venomous rattlesnake got loose? We do, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the area’s most memorable wayward animals.

Sept. 19: Not one or two, but three black bears were spotted taking a leisurely walk through a Cumming neighborhood. Resident Jeff Adler snapped some pictures, but stayed in his car.

Sept. 16: For months, drivers traveling near the intersection of I-75 and I-675, near the Henry-Clayton county line, spotted what they believed was a bull. Nope, not a bull. Kevin the Cow was corralled and tranquilized before being moved to safer pastures.

May: A 3-foot alligator clamped down on the arm of a trapper as it was captured in Gwinnett County. “There’s a gator bite for you,” trapper Jason Clark said.

March: For more than 24 hours, a 7-month-old water buffalo roamed Barrow County after escaping from her new home. “Precious 8” was spotted by a driver, who called police and the animal’s owner, who was relieved to get the water buffalo home.

May 2012: A Cherokee County homeowner called 911 after spotting a black bear on the back steps of her home. The bear stomped the ground before retreating to the woods.

April 2012: A bold bobcat was spotted by employees outside the Carrollton Water Treatment Plant. Bobcats are typically secretive, but this one was so bold, she was spotted during the daytime with the help of a trail camera.

November 2011: Just days before Thanksgiving, a turkey flew to the parking lot of a Marietta gas station and then walked inside. A police officer watched the fowl play and removed the bird from the store before any feathers were ruffled.

March 2011: Forget chickens crossing the road. In Milton, it was wild turkeys fowling up traffic for two days in the Arnold Mill Road area.

February 2011: Police officers and animal control officials searched several days for a former pet pig spotted along I-75 in Cobb County. Days after this little piggy was captured, it was adopted by a new family.

October 2010: A deer was rescued from a Cherokee County swimming pool just days after a buffalo was removed from a pool in White County.

August 2010: A venomous rattlesnake was missing for two days from Zoo Atlanta before being found dead about 100 yards away on a front porch. Turns out, a resident in the area had no idea where the snake belonged and beat it to death.

February 2010: A zebra traveling with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus caused a commotion downtown when it escaped during the evening rush hour. It was captured on the Downtown Connector. Lima, the 12-year-old zebra, was euthanized the following month due to its injured hooves.

February 2010: A bison fell off a truck on I-20 eastbound, breaking its legs in the fall. The animal had to be euthanized.

October 2009: A 6-foot, 9-inch wild alligator was spotted along I-85 in Coweta County. State DNR officials transported the gator to a swampy home in Pike County.

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