Wild Pig Problem: California Community Proposes Solution

The wild pig problem in a South Bay community continues — and has even worsened. Now, residents understandably feel frustrated.

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The wild pig problem in a South Bay community continues — and has even worsened. Now, residents understandably feel frustrated.

It Began With a Lake

Wild pigs were never an issue in the hills of Morgan Hill and Santa Clara County. But, in October, after draining the Anderson Reservoir, residents began noticing wild pigs roaming around. Draining the reservoir was necessary for earthquake retrofitting, but wild pigs ended up using the dry lake as a pathway to the Holiday Lake Estates community.

According to residents, wild pigs started coming in looking for water after the reservoir dried out. But, the pigs have uprooted large chunks of the homeowners’ yards. The open meadow in the community, primarily used for emergency evacuations, has also suffered damage.

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One resident, Harris Hall, says he hears and sees the large boars every night. Some of them even weigh up to 500 pounds. The pigs have tripled in number since last year.

 

The Solution

The wild pig problem definitely led to a lot of debate. After discussions and numerous delays, residents have settled on a solution. They plan to hire hunters to take care of the problem. However, there are several state and local laws that dictate this kind of practice.

Additionally, the homeowners association’s governing documents are in the way. The HOA’s bylaws prevent any gunfire in some areas of the community. Changing that provision would require a 75% vote from the membership.

Board members already have an idea of how to get around this issue. They plan to hunt, cage, and shoot the pigs on the 84 lots that sit on Lake Anderson. This plan would not put any resident in danger.

Many residents don’t like the idea of shooting the pigs. Still, homeowners are set to vote on the resolution next month. It remains to be seen how that will turn out.

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