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Sneaky hogs tear up yards in Kingwood, evade hunters

Friday, September 20, 2013
Kingwood residents living near East End Park, off Kingwood Drive, have been awaking to uprooted yards and flower beds for the last few months, so trappers have been sent to find the feral hogs believed responsible.

Kingwood residents living near East End Park, off Kingwood Drive, have been awaking to uprooted yards and flower beds for the last few months, so trappers have been sent to find the feral hogs believed responsible.

Hogs in Kingwood are leaving damage to landscaping completely visible once morning comes, but are proving elusive to trappers.

Kingwood residents living near East End Park, off Kingwood Drive, have been awaking to uprooted yards and flower beds for the last few months.

"There's definitely hog scat, there's coyote scat and definitely deer scat," jogger Kelly Coble said.

But it's the feral hogs that have the park closed, as dogs try to round them up.

Believing the feral hogs are bedding down in the adjacent park, the Kingwood Service Association sent trappers in, but only managed to capture four in three weeks.

John Mazuik had his yard torn up nearly on a nightly basis.

"Well actually they haven't been back in just about three weeks now," he said. "But for six weeks prior to that, almost every week, we would get up in the morning and find landscaping stones everywhere, mulch all over the place."

Trappers hired by homeowners may have helped. Benjamin Pullen of Allstar Animal Removal trapped one hog just a few blocks over for a Kingwood client. It's nearly the size of him. Pullen is 5 feet 7 inches, and the feral hog was almost as long. It weighed 185 pounds.

The Kingwood Service Association says in the last three weeks, four hogs have been captured.

"In the last three weeks, we haven't seen them thank God," Mazuik said.

Now they're shutting down the park Wednesday through Friday to try to get the problem under control.

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