Residents of Sienna neighborhood ask HOA for help against invasion of feral pigs



CITY OF MISSOURI – From her cell phone, Teresa Hanna surveyed the battlefield. Its front yard had been worked with hoof and muzzle, blown up by an infantry of feral pigs on a ripping mission.

“The feral pigs attacked my garden. Oh my God, ”Hanna exclaimed in a video she recorded on Saturday the morning she woke up to find the ground and most of the flowers she had planted days earlier had been destroyed by invasive species.

“I got out and all I saw was devastation,” Hanna said in an interview with KPRC 2.

Hanna lives in Siena where sightings of feral pigs aren’t new – and the damage they’re known to isn’t either.

“My whole backyard,” she exclaimed, adding that friends had helped her clean the soil and grass that sprinkled her driveway and sidewalk.

Hanna’s neighbors have had the same problem lately in a community where resistance against pigs seems like a repeated battle hymn.

“The same thing happened to me in 2018,” Hanna said.

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This time, Hanna said she wanted a more permanent solution and that she wanted Sienna’s HOA to help her develop one.

“When I called the HOA, their response was, ‘It’s not our responsibility,’ she said.

Hanna said a community front office representative told her that there is not much that can be done because pigs are wild and invasive.

“It is private property so you do what you can. You can set a trap “Hanna told the conversation.

Wild pig invasions aren’t specific to Siena, Fort Bend County, or Southeast Texas, for that matter.

Sandra Denton is the CEO of Sienna Associations.

Denton said the dikes and rivers that flow through Fort Bend County provide a preferred route for pigs.

“The pig population appears to be a bit higher this year than what we’ve seen in the past,” she said.

Denton said Sienna offers recommendations to residents, but the pigs are wild, invasive and, according to Denton, cannot eliminate them.

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“We always share that they can treat their garden to get rid of the larvae and that there are certain chemicals and treatments available,” Denton said.

A temporary fence is also an option, Denton said.

Hanna’s neighbor built a temporary fence – a wire perimeter no more than two feet high. Part appears to have been pierced with frayed threads apparently trampled on.

Hanna said they had been soiled by the sow and weren’t strong enough to protect the front lawns from feral pigs, leaving residents to plead a better option.

“The HOA should at least come talk to me to take a look at it and see how we can protect not just me, but the rest of the neighbors,” Hanna said.

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