Feral Hogs Invade Houston-Area Subdivision

By: Courtney Zubowski, KHOU 11 News
By: Courtney Zubowski, KHOU 11 News

Some homeowners in Fort Bend County are waking up to trashed yards and destroyed property. But the suspects don’t have two legs -- these vandals have four.

Feral hogs are invading the Waterbrook West subdivision just outside of Sienna Plantation.

“It’s getting worse,” said homeowner Troy Bourgeois. “They’re multiplying.”

Bourgeois said his wife spotted a hog in their yard early Monday morning. Hogs tore up his yard sometime Sunday. It’s the sixth time it’s happened this year.

“You get little ones and then you get large ones,” he said. “They just kind of peel the sod up and they actually just kind of flip it over.”

There is not a governmental agency that you can call for help. Neighbors in Bourgeois’ subdivision are taking the problem on themselves. They bought a pen to try and trap the hogs. They’ve caught eight so far.

Other neighbors are putting up fences, calling professional trappers and setting up personal traps in their own yards.

“They’re everywhere,” said Jay Jurica of Arcola Feed and Hardware.

Jurica sells traps, fencing and feed to lure the hogs into the traps. He says business is good.

“I don’t think you can get rid of them. You can control them, but you’re never going to get rid of them. They keep multiplying as fast as you can catch them,” Jurica said.

Jurica’s traps sell for about $200 to $300. A professional trapper can charge anywhere from a couple hundred to more than a thousand dollars.

Troy Bourgeois hopes to get the problem under control soon. He never knows what he’ll find in his front yard every morning.

“Somebody has got to do something,” said Bourgeois.

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