San Jose Passes Ordinance to Allow Shooting of Wild Pigs

By Kris Sanchez
|  Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013  |  Updated 10:28 AM PDT
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The San Jose City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that allows people to shoot wild pigs within city limits. Kris Sanchez reports.

The San Jose City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that allows people to shoot wild pigs within city limits. Kris Sanchez reports.

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The San Jose City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that allows people to shoot wild pigs within city limits.

Council members voted 8-3 to pass the urgency ordinance, which takes effect immediately and expires in three months on Feb. 5.

Under the proposal, trappers would be able to shoot the animals after they catch them.

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City officials are considering the proposal after wild pigs destroyed lawns at homes and businesses. In addition, the feral pigs have caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage at the Almaden Country Club.

The country club also got approval to hire someone to trap the pack of problem pigs.

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The council also directed city staff to return with a longer term, more holistic solution to the city's feral pig issue.

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