A Galveston Sheriff's Office deputy shot and killed a wild hog Wednesday after the animal reportedly charged at him.

The shooting occurred in the 4400 block of Third Street in Bacliff, Galveston Sheriff Henry Trochesset said.

Deputies were called to the area at about 11 a.m. to a report of a wild hog that had been hanging around a property for days, Trochesset said.

Two deputies, a patrol deputy and a livestock deputy responded to the call. After they arrived, they approached the animal.

It charged them and struck one of the deputies in the leg. The deputy fired one shot, killing the hog, Trochesset said. The deputy was unharmed.

"He did what he should have done," Trochesset said, adding that wild hogs can cause serious injuries to people if they attack.

The feral hog population in Galveston County has reportedly grown in recent years. In 2013, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department estimated there were as many as 1,000 feral hogs in Galveston County.

— John Wayne Ferguson.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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