August 17, 2020
As announced on August 14th , the board has taken additional actions to help prevent further damage by wild/feral hogs on common property.
The recent trapping by a local professional has resulted in zero hogs being captured. They become ‘trap smart’ and avoid the traps.
Therefore, the board has approved the use of dogs to hunt & capture hogs. While the number captured may not be significant, the presence of dogs creates an ‘unsafe’ place for the hogs, causing them to vacate.
It is important to understand these facts about the use of dogs:
- The dogs being used on Hilltop Lakes are Black Mouth Cur breed– no pit bulls will be used
- The dogs being used on Hilltop Lakes are bred for and specifically trained, by a professional, to hunt hogs they do not chase/hunt any other wildlife OR domestic animals/pets
- There will be 2 Black Cur bay dogs and 1 Black Cur chase dog at any given time
- The professional dog hunter will know where the dogs are at all times through the use of tracking collars
- Dogs will return to handler upon command issued through the collar
- Hunting with dogs will concentrate in the areas of high activity/damage as identified by the recent monitoring of activity
- The hogs will be cornered by bay dogs, then a single catch dog will secure the hog so the handler can come and take the hog away — the hogs will not be shot or stabbed on Hilltop Lakes property
- While the dogs can disperse deer during the hunt, deer usually return to their territory soon after the hunting activities cease.
To minimize impact/surprise to residents, we are providing the planned schedule of hunts using dogs.
Dates planned for: (Tuesday the 18th, Wednesday the 19th and Thursday the 20th.)
Expected time of night dogs will be used: between the hours of 11pm -4am
It is expected that inconvenience/disturbance to residents will be very minimal and potentially non-existent.
Use of dogs will likely be required a few nights per weeks for a few to several weeks to force the hogs off the common property — this process could cause the hogs to stay away for as much as six months. Notice of additional dates, if needed, will be posted as they become known.
ABSOLUTELY NO HUNTING WITH DOGS IS ALLOWED AT HILLTOP LAKES EXCEPT WITH AUTHORIZATION FROM THE POA
HOW CAN PROPERTY OWNERS HELP?
RESIDENTS – PLEASE STOP PUTTING OUT CORN FOR DEER
(Corn intended for deer is also being consumed by & attracting hogs)