ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Carmen Caraballo has lived in her Avalon Park home for 16 years.
In the last two years, some nuisance neighbors have been making their presence known.
“Well, the problem is they come straight to your house,” Caraballo said. “They're not afraid of coming in, and they make those huge holes everywhere.”
Caraballo is referring to wild hogs, or boars, such as the one her neighbor photographed Monday morning.
"I know they start scratching; scratching the floor,” she said.
Caraballo said the wild animals living in the preserve behind her neighborhood have started doing more damage to their lawns and have become increasingly aggressive with her neighbors and her family members.
“My daughter, coming down with the baby," she said. “They got to be careful, because you never know.”
Caraballo and her neighbor who provided Channel 9 the photograph said they've complained to the homeowners association to try to have the animals removed.
Reporter Deneige Broom called the office Monday, but it was closed.
The HOA’s budget, which was posted online, shows that during the last three years, the association has allocated $5,700 each year for wild boar removal.
“But still,” Caraballo said. “Coming in, I don't know what else to do.”
None of the people Channel 9 spoke to have heard of the animals injuring anyone, but Caraballo doesn't want to find out the hard way.
“We have [a] conservation area in the back, so we are the intruders -- not them,” she said. “I guess that's what's happening. You will find wildlife. That's part of it.”
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