Hogs were the major topic of conversation at the Kingwood Service Association (KSA) Parks Committee at its November meeting.
“The hogs are back in force!” said Ethyl McCormick of Kingwood Association Management, who keeps track of the reporting and hunting of feral hogs for the KSA. She reported in October that sightings of 42 hogs had been recorded through the KSA Feral Hog Damage reports. In addition, seven more sightings were reported by Royal Shores that were not yet added to the report at the time of that meeting. McCormick updated the committee on the efforts to capture and remove the hogs, which are in full force and will continue.
“Royal Shores has installed a corral again and five have been captured,” she said, and they were putting in a second corral at Kings Point Reserve where it backs up against East End Park. McCormick pointed out that the two hunters authorized by KSA were both fully engaged in capturing and removing the animals as quickly as they could. One hunter has recently captured six and the other has brought in two more people to assist.
“With two corrals and two hunters, we should get it under control again,” McCormick said.
The general discussion by committee members highlighted the fact that reports of sightings are needed by KSA in order to assist the hunters in working in the right areas when the hogs are there and that the hogs are using the river to enter the communities at night as much as they are actually living permanently in the parks, reserves and golf course areas.
As reported in October, this is the second month in a row in which the hog activity has increased significantly. The same seasonal fall pattern is reflected in the reports for last year. To get them controlled, it is important to report them. The KSA report form is located on the web at kingwoodserviceassociation.org.
The report statistics by month since 2016 are also available on the KSA site under News/Announcements. They reflect the months of autumn to be the annual peak activity time every year.
Chairman Chris Manthei asked for confirmation that annual Christmas decorations for the entrance areas into Kingwood and on its major thoroughfares will be installed. The committee concurred. However, the extensive road construction at the Kingwood Drive entrance at the Loop 494 intersection will limit the decorations to be installed there.
“On the Christmas décor, we are going to go ahead with what we can put on the pylons and the walls. Anywhere we still have electricity we will go ahead. But in the median (between the traffic lanes) we will not be able to do anything because the electricity and all the wiring has been pulled out. But there will be decorating where the ponds are,” McCormick said.
In other business, the committee reviewed and approved $9,000 to accept a bid from Lake Pro Inc. of Katy to repair Fountain No. 1 located in the north pond nearest the east shore at the Kingwood Drive entrance. The bid was for a total of $5,829.75. It includes a new 15-horsepower motor, cable repairs, new motor coupling, disassembling the pump and replacing its bearings, and the pump company’s shipping, labor and inspection costs following the repair. Manthei asked how long the pump had been operating before this major overhaul was needed. Dee Price and others confirmed it was installed when Kingwood’s smaller pond pumps were all replaced about eight years ago. “It was one of the first pumps we put in,” Price said and noted it had clearly exceeded its warranties.
KSA Parks Committee meetings are normally held on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the South Woodland Hills Community Room. However, they will continue as scheduled using Zoom for teleconferencing until COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in Houston.