FERAL HOGS

Over the years the population of feral hogs in the resort has waxed and waned.  Currently (fall 2017) the
population of hogs appears to be fairly high.  Hogs have been known to kill dogs that attack them.  They
forage by plowing up the turf creating depressions and mounds that can cover a relatively large area.  As
these areas recover, the grass is frequently partly replaced by invasive plants such as cat claw.  If you are
feeding wild animals or birds corn or have a mulch pile that is not enclosed, there is a chance that you
have had a visit from hogs.  The DMPOA has 5 hog traps and a committee that can help you mitigate the
hog population on your property.  This web page will tell you how to participate in the trapping program.
                            Identifying Feral Hogs
Feral hogs are frequently confused with peccaries (javelina).  Full grown
hogs are much larger than peccaries, up to 400 pounds versus 40-50
pounds.  Hogs have a longish tail that sticks out horizontally when they
run, while peccaries have a little nubbin of a tail.  The tusks of hogs
curve upward while the tusks of peccaries point downward.  Most hogs
are here are almost uniformly black, but can be of various other colors or
spotted, while peccaries tend to be dark gray with a whitish band of hair
that extends from the top of the back over the front legs to the area of
the chin.  There are other distinctions between these species that you
can read about on a field guide.

      
Consequences of an Incorrect Identification
Feral hogs can be killed at any time of the year.  Peccaries are protected
by the state; there is a hunting season on them.  If you kill a peccary,
even if you have a hunting license, at the wrong time of the year there is
a $3000 fine.
TWP mag. Jan 2010
Getting started:

If you think that there are feral hogs at your place look for: recent signs of plowing activity, hog sightings,
or game camera identifications; any one of these will do. If you want a trap give a member of the Feral Hog
Committee a telephone call or send an e-mail (telephone numbers and e-mail addresses are listed at
bottom of document). Leave your name address and telephone number. We will come out to your place for
a quick visit to examine the evidence for hogs and take a look at the site; at the same time we will describe
the trapping procedure.  This step is necessary because the trap is large, weighs quite a bit and has to be
placed near a road. If it looks like things will work out we will bring out the next trap that is available.

After the trap has arrived:
We will show you how the trap works and discuss with you the best kinds of foods to put in the trap. We will
also provide you with bait food. You will need to check the trap at 12 hour intervals ( you will probably see
a large array of prisoners). The business of opening the trap, and resetting it is a two person job. You
should call one of the members of the committee to help you. When the trap is set up you will have to sign
a liability release form: if you have an accident while using the trap or get a disease from an animal in the
trap (wild animals can carry a variety of diseases) you will be responsible for the bills. When you decide
that you have run the trap long enough; give us a call and we will remove the trap.

What happens after you catch a hog:
Give a telephone call to a committee member. We will send out one of the members of our committee with
the appropriate license to dispatch the hog. Killing a hog in a trap is not easy; it is best to have someone
with experience do it. Our committee member will note its sex. We may collect a sample of blood, ticks or
fleas to send to the Texas Department of Health to check for the presence of diseases that hogs may
carry. If you want the hog it is yours. If you do not want it, we will take it away.

Other projects of the Feral Hog committee:
The Feral Hog Committee also runs traps on property held in common by the DMPOA. You may see these
traps as you drive or walk by.

Feral Hogs for Butchering:
If you live in the resort and would like a freshly killed hog for butchering, send your name, address and
telephone number to Feral Hog committee member, David Wilson. As hogs become available, we will call
you and deliver a hog to your home shortly after it is has been dispatched. If you cannot be contacted we
will still keep you on the same position on the list.

The members of the Feral Hog Committee are:
Gary Freeman    -426-2083 gfree@utexas.edu
Jerry Guthrie      -426-2729
Darryl Lewallen  -426-2205 darryllewallen@hotmail.com
David Wilson      -832-330-6333 wilsondavid1914@att.net
Janette Winters  -426-2143 winters.janette@yahoo.com