San Jose City Hall Steps Into Feral Pig Debate

Feral pigs are destroying golf greens and family yards in San Jose

By Kris Sanchez
|  Thursday, Oct 31, 2013  |  Updated 5:56 AM PDT
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Kris Sanchez reports on the solution to a damaging feral pig problem in the South Bay that will take a act by City Hall to implement.

Kris Sanchez reports on the solution to a damaging feral pig problem in the South Bay that will take a act by City Hall to implement.

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Wild Pigs Destroy San Jose Golf Course

There is a new trouble with the greens at the Almaden Country Club in San Jose. And the suspects are wild pigs. Kris Sanchez explains.
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A pack of feral pigs in San Jose is being blamed for destroying lawns at homes and golf courses, and even frightening parents who are afraid to take their kids out to trick or treat.

Lawmakers are now trying to come up with a solution, one that includes allowing people to shoot the pigs, even within city limits.

The pigs have caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to the greens of the Almaden Country Club.

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California Fish and Wildlife granted the club a permit to trap and destroy the animals. Now, management is waiting to see if the trapper they contracted can fire a gun within city limits.

Councilman Johhny Khamis drafted an urgency ordinance that would fix that loophole which will be considered next week.

“This is not an invitation to hunt a pig,” Khamis said.

He said his ordinance would allow a trapper to discharge a weapon after he traps it.

If the club gets the green light, the general manager says the trapping and euthanizing could happen right away.

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The carcasses would decompose naturally on an undisclosed private property in an unincorporated part of the city.

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