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