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MARBLE FALLS — Just a few days before Police Chief Mark Whitacre sounded an alarm about the risks of feral hogs wandering into the city, a local Realtor fell prey to one of the animals.

The incident — though it did not occur in Marble Falls — is a reminder the wild animals are dangerous, especially during one of the hottest, driest periods on record when they come into towns looking for water.

For that reason and more, city officials are considering revising local animal-control ordinances, including those dealing with wild animals inside the city limits, tethering animals in yards and limiting the number of animals per household.

Mark Fox, however, suffered his injuries July 2 at the family ranch in Blanco County.

“It was painful,” said his wife Nona Fox, the former Marble Falls mayor and ex-Economic Development Corp. president.

Her husband’s injury had to be treated earlier this week in Austin at the North Austin Medical Center, Fox said. Mark Fox could be released from the center  Monday, she added.

“He’ll be fine,” she said.