Wild Hogs are Tearing up a California Community

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

Some homeowners want to hire hunters, but others are against it

Several homeowners in California’s Morgan Hill community say they’re desperate to find a solution to the packs of wild hogs that are tearing up their yards and parks.  

“The pigs are desperate for water and the lake is drained. So, they come into where people water their grass,” Chris Wood, president of the homeowners’ association, told NBC Bay Area.

The hogs have dug up numerous lawns as well as a meadow where families once picnicked.

Homeowners’ association members say they believe the problem stems from the fact that the Anderson Reservoir is dry, so they’re turning to the Santa Clara Valley Water District to help get rid of the pigs. 

“These hogs cannot swim across the lake,” Wood said. “But they sure can walk across a dry lake bottom.”

In a statement to NBC Bay Area, the water district says it’s not responsible for wild pig management, and the agency has "not seen any evidence of the lowering of Anderson causing this issue in Morgan Hill."

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Some homeowners say hiring a hunter could help solve the problem, but state regulations and its own bylaws stand in the way.

“You have to actually shoot the pigs in the corral,” Wood said. “And any home within 150 yards can veto that action.”

He says many have already rejected that plan, “loudly and clearly.”

Landscapers are currently spreading chemicals to make the grass unpleasant for the pigs. And some in the community have looked into building a huge fence, but it’s unpopular with most and costly.

But, homeowners say they need a solution because they simply can’t wait for Anderson to fill up again.

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