HOGS GONE WILD: Pigs destroy property, homeowners fed up

Hillsborough County

SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. (WFLA) – Shock and confusion. That’s how one homeowner in the Caloosa Palms subdivision described the damage done behind her home in Sun City Center.

One morning she woke up to find holes all over her yard. She had no idea wild hogs were responsible.

“I thought there was a tractor digging up the yard,” Fernanne Chin Yee told WFLA. “I could not believe pigs could do this kind of damage.”

Every day, neighbors saw the same thing. Dirt dug up with holes from hogs. This subdivision has had it with the animals gone wild.

Fernanne felt trapped.

She couldn’t understand why nothing was being done.

“They’re really destroying the lawns, destroying the grounds, and we seem to have no recourse,” she said.

This homeowner, along with many others, loves living here. But, there’s got to be something done with the swine in this Hillsborough neighborhood, say residents.

The last HOA meeting was packed, according to Fernanne.

But, in the end, nothing.

No answers. No resolution. No plans for the pigs.

“We left the meeting without resolution. Basically, ‘it’s your problem,'” said Fernanne.

Homeowners like Fernanne are fed up and frustrated. They wonder who is responsible for getting the hogs out of here.

“It shouldn’t be a homeowner problem,” Fernanne told us.

She wants the county to step in and help control the wild hogs. 

A developer owns this land, according to Fernanne. It used to be a golf course. 

The property is considered private, which means the hogs can be hunted and trapped. Traps have been set, sitting in a wooded area where the hogs hang out at dawn and dusk.

At this point, the pig population seems way too large to be controlled by a few traps.

“I don’t know, when is it going to end, and at what cost,” said Fernanne. 

“You know, financially, stress-wise.”

According to officials with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, the hogs are not native to Florida. They were brought here in the 1500s and have grown in population over the centuries.

FWC released the following information regarding eradication of wild hogs:

On public lands:

  • On most wildlife management areas (WMAs), wild hog hunting is allowed during most seasons, except spring turkey season. People may hunt wild hogs only during established seasons and in accordance with regulations outlined in the area-specific WMA regulations. 

On private lands:

  • Wild hogs may be hunted or trapped  year-round on private lands, with landowner permission.
  •  A hunting license is not required when hunting only wild hogs. 

Wild hogs occur in all 67 Florida counties. They live and forage in a variety of habitats, often occupying pond edges and wetland areas where food and wallowing sites may be found. During periods of high water, they may move from low areas to higher elevations. They can roam for miles and often travel in groups consisting of several adult females and their offspring. They breed year-round, producing up to two litters (1-13 piglets) each year. For more information, click here.

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