Houston-Area Suburbs Now Suffering From Feral Hogs

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago

Houston Chronicle:

If you have noticed more feral hogs in your Houston-area neighborhood recently, you are not alone. Neighbors across the Greater Houston report the wild animals are more frequently making their way into their subdivisions and streets, leaving properties destroyed in their wake.

The Houston area is not unfamiliar with the battle between feral hogs and residents; last year the Chronicle reported hogs were disrupting neighbors in Liberty and San Jacinto counties; taking over  Spring, Tomball and Cypress areas and driving neighbors in the Woodlands insane. 

The hog epidemic is a problem particularly in Texas; the state’s estimated feral hog populations are in excess of 1.5 million, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

In 2017, feral hogs created an estimated economic toll exceeding $1.5 billion in the U.S. In Texas, it is estimated they cause $52 million in agricultural damages every year, according to the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute.

Steven Horelica, co-owner of Deep South Trapping, a Texas-based hog trapping business, said the Houston area has seen a significant increase in feral hog sightings. He has trapped pigs all over suburban areas in Houston, including Kingwood, Missouri City, Cypress and Liberty.

Over the last few years, the number of hogs he has trapped has increased significantly, from 742 in all of 2016 to 1387 in 2018. So far in 2019, he has already caught 306 hogs.

“Instead of being out in rural agricultural land, they are starting to move into subdivisions and cities,” Horelica said.  “It is starting to affect everybody, not just farmers or ranchers.”

The biggest negative impact these animals have is the destruction they cause to property due to their feeding habits, Horelica said. The pigs use their snouts to root up ground in search of insects or food.

” They can tear up a golf course or a park or someone’s yard that has been well maintained and watered and… in one night they can destroy acres and acres of property and cropland,” Horelica said.

Catching hogs.  Catching them.  To do what, release them later?  Pretty soon they’ll be hiring super-duper SWAT cops to run around Houston suburbs with bolt action sniper rifles to kill them because no one can be trusted with a gun except cops.  Lethal removal.  But still not enough.

In order to keep up with the rapid propagating hog population in the South, everyone with a gun would have to be shooting hogs day and night.  But they don’t want to do that, so instead, feral hogs will chase and gore little children, threaten adults, destroy crops, make back yards nasty with feces and cause massive health problems, and cause more erosion than can be imagined in a horror movie.

As reader and commenter The Alaskan says:

Lethal control works. Alaska uses aerial wolf control to manage wolf populations as well as long term hunting and trapping seasons with generous bag limits. Wolves will have dramatic impacts on moose and caribou populations if allowed to increase in numbers unchecked. Natives in western Alaska will tell you that there was never any moose in western Alaska until wolf suppression was initiated. Moose in Alaska have been expanding their range because of wolf (lethal) control. State Fish and Wildlife personnel use aircraft to control wolf populations. Abundant moose and caribou populations are the result.

Your pig problems could be managed the same way. Aerial lethal suppression coupled with an open hunting season on pigs until you achieve the numbers, in terms of managed populations, that you want.

If eradication is your goal, then lethal removal is the only option. If the State is serious, your pig problem can be solved.

Remember, countless millions of bison, packs of wolves, plains grizzles and the prairie chickens (extinct,) were removed from the great plains with single shot front-stuffers (in large part.)

The scoped AR seems IMO, to be the best platform for ground based pig control. What fun!

Lethal control works, but only if that tactic is actually used – enough.


Comments

  1. On March 7, 2019 at 8:01 am, Mark Matis said:

    Murdering pigs have been running rampant in Houston for some time now. Heck, not that long ago a husband and wife and their pet dog were murdered by them in cold blood. But the Houston government insists that nothing be done to those vile animals. And the Federal government apparently agrees as well.

    Pigs are a Preferred Species in this country.

  2. On March 7, 2019 at 9:45 am, Chris Mallory said:

    Not sure about the law in Texas, but in Kentucky once the hogs are trapped, they can’t be released or moved to another spot. The trapper has to kill them before moving them.

    We already have open season on hogs and I doubt aerial will work due to sheer numbers and availability of cover.

  3. On March 7, 2019 at 11:24 am, Frank Clarke said:

    Florida has no closed season and no bag limit on feral pig, and they’re STILL a problem. The meat is quite tasty. A bounty plus a federal income tax deduction for donations to food pantries plus forbidding counties and cities restricting pig harvests might still not be enough.

    Life will find a way.

  4. On March 7, 2019 at 1:19 pm, June J said:

    As I’ve said before on this subject, too many Texas land owners want two things that are incompatible with resolving the issue: 1. They want hogs eradicated. 2. They want to charge hunters for killing hogs on their land.

  5. On March 7, 2019 at 3:12 pm, Dov Sar said:

    Pork is so delicious! Shoot them all, get all those collecting welfare to butchering class and have them butcher them, and sell the meat to pay off the national deficit. Have I missed anything?

  6. On March 7, 2019 at 7:34 pm, Matt said:

    I know how my weekend is being spent…..

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