Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack has contracted with a professional wildlife removal company in order to trap feral hogs in targeted areas along Spring Creek. This is consistent with the Precinct's past efforts to mitigate and remove other nuisance wildlife such as beavers and coyotes.
The three-month program, at a cost of $14,500, is in response to constituent concerns recently brought to the Precinct 3 Office.
Commissioner Noack understands the costly damage these hogs can inflict on private property. That's why the traps will be placed today (Friday, Jan. 17). These traps will be placed on county property and will be relocated as necessary throughout the 90-day program.
Commissioner Noack has been communicating with wildlife experts, such as Texas Parks and Wildlife, as well as state and local officials in order to determine more long-term solutions. Commissioner Noack does not believe it is in the best interest of his constituents to wait for more meetings, consultants and bureaucracy before providing relief to Precinct 3 residents in areas along Spring Creek such as Grogan's Point.
With an estimated population growing to around 2.6 million, feral hogs are a constant nuisance in regions across Texas. Wildlife experts believe 70-75 percent of the feral hog population must be eradicated each year just to keep up with the prolific reproduction rate of this non-native wild animal. While trapping has provided poor results for the long-term reduction of hog populations it has shown short-term benefits in targeted areas.
While there are limited options to combat the growing problem, Commissioner Noack will continue efforts to control the feral hog population by working with both local and state authorities, seeking grant fund opportunities, and working with private landowners on potential mitigation efforts they can implement.
For more information or comment, please call Cody Grimes at the Precinct 3 Office at 281-367- 3977.
I did not realize there had been any efforts to remove coyotes in the past. Personally I think the beavers are very cute. But I know they are considered destructive. My concern would be with any animals that would harm people and their pets only. But apparently some people are upset because their yards are being destroyed. I had that happen by an armadillo for that matter though. Some people say if you cannot deal with wildlife, move to the city. It would be interesting to hear others' opinions.
Reminds me of the javelinas I saw out in the desert in Big Bend. They're more beautiful than this unsightly hog though. The commissioner needs to declare open season on these hogs so people can hunt and feed on them. Why let them go waste...imagine hog on a spit fire. 😋
@DEEDEE8 : Me too. I rarely eat pork and I wouldn't dare eat meat from these hogs...but I'm sure outdoors people, hunters, and range goers would like this adventure compared to wasting rounds in a range.
My little yard was dug up this morning, a chap said it was hogs... I don't know how a hog could have got in though... gives me the creeps living in the USA with all this weird stuff... I only saw foxes in the UK.. I am not going on my patio at night ever again, hate these wooden decks you don't know what's underneath them... I don't like killing any animal so I haven't got a clue what I would do... move back home and leave it all up to you is my answer.. I am sure it's humans fault poor things don't know where to go, you keep building without a thought for creatures we live with ..they have a right to a place they call home 😊
@Starlight13 : That happened to us and we saw an armadillo one night and from reading things since on another website, was most likely an armadillo. Prior to that I thought maybe opossum or racoons, first time I ever saw an armadillo in my yard.