Wild Pigs Overrun Homeowners in Central California

By Jonah Lustig

Mar 14, 2014 11:58am

Wild pigs have found new homes in areas around San Jose, Calif., much to the frustration of the humans who already live there.

The feral pigs have acclimated to residential neighborhoods in central California, damaging property and threatening the safety of homeowners, according to ABC News station KGO-TV in San Francisco.

They have become more than just a nuisance, San Jose resident Shaneen Stroup told KGO.

“My friend actually, because they get to be like 300 pounds, was chased to my front door one night by them,” she said.

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In a memorandum addressed to the San Jose City Council, Councilman Johnny Khamis estimated that the pigs have caused thousands of dollars in property damage and pose a safety threat to children and adults. He believes the recent drought is to blame for populations moving from the hills closer to residential areas, he told KGO.

Officials from the city of San Jose have issued a manual to help residents manage the problem, saying more aggressive measures to control the population are impractical, dangerous or illegal.

“It is difficult and costly to have a lasting impact on the pig populations in this area through trapping or hunting,” they write in the manual. “It is illegal to relocate pigs … it is dangerous to the community to hunt pigs.”

The city says the most effective way for homeowners to get rid of the pigs is to put up low, sturdy fences in their yards. Other recommendations include using chemicals to rid lawns of bugs on which the pigs feed and putting up motion detectors to scare them away with lights or sound.

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