CHAMBERS COUNTY, TX — A Texas woman was found dead in the front yard of a rural Chambers County home after being attacked by feral hogs, authorities said Monday.
Christine Rollins, 59, of Liberty, Texas, who worked as a caretaker for an elderly couple, was found dead early Sunday morning in their home’s yard after she did not show up at her normal time.
According to the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, the 84-year-old homeowner for whom Rollins worked went outside and found her between the home and her car. Rollins was found with multiple injuries, including a head injury consistent with a fall, the sheriff’s office said.
Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said at a press conference Monday that the medical examiner confirmed Rollins’ death was caused by feral hogs.
“This is a very rare incident,” Hawthorne said, while acknowledging that feral hogs are a problem in the county.
Hawthorne said Rollins probably arrived at work between 6 and 6:30 a.m., when it was still dark out, and was making her way to the front door when the attack likely took place.
“In my 35 years, I will tell you, it’s one of the worst things I have ever seen,” he said.
According to the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, feral hogs are present throughout the state, with the highest population densities in East, South and Central Texas.
The department says that in a natural state, the hogs will prefer to escape danger. However, it advises extreme caution when dealing with wounded animals, when trapping animals or when encountering female hogs with babies. The department says the animals can cause serious injuries.
On Sept. 1, a new law went into effect in Texas that allows for the hunting feral hogs on private property without a license.