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What's Up With the Wild Pigs in San Ramon?

Enough with the "hog wild" references.

This pig storm was captured by Charlotte Gracer.
This pig storm was captured by Charlotte Gracer.
San Ramon received national spotlight this week after news that a crew of wild and surprisingly large pigs were (and still are) tearing up lawns in the Henry Ranch neighborhood.

"What are usually well-manicured lawns looks like a rototiller passed through," NBC's Jodi Hernandez said in a newscast yesterday.


The news also appeared in the New York Daily News and other NBC newscasts across the country.

"The relationship between California residents and wild pigs could be described as 'love/hate.' That is, hunters love them while everyone else seems to hate them," said an article on the state's Department of Fish and Game website.

Wild pigs in California are actually a hybrid between a wild boar and feral pig.

The swine crossed paths in the last century, when the domestic pigs brought by Europeans in the 1700s mixed with wild boar that was brought to Monterey County by other Europeans in the 1920s.

The hogs aren't only after insects and grubs embedded in lush yards. They also eat roots, fungus and other landscape features, according to the department website.

The NBC report only mentioned the problem occurring in the city's Henry Ranch neighborhood.

Have you experienced any wild animals wreaking havoc in your neighborhood? Post your photos on to the boards!
Kate B September 18, 2013 at 02:30 PM
My front yard in Windemere is completely destroyed. I was advised to spray for bugs and re-sod the whole thing!
terry September 18, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Pigs have invaded all of California , breed several times a year and have become a huge problem statewide. In the San Ramon area most were found on or around Mt.Diablo but the lack of water has driven them down.........also a group has taken up on the west side of 680 in the Las Trampas area ........until it rains they will be here looking for food and water.
shopping.heidi September 23, 2013 at 05:56 PM
They're in our neighbourhood now. Norris Canyon estates.
Audra Clay November 18, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I"ve seen torn up yards near N. Monarch Rd and Bollinger Canyon - Terravista area of Gale Ranch. This was about ~2 weeks ago (late Oct / early Nov). Haven't seen them in person (thank god) but I'm avoiding walking my dog in the early morning on the trails around our area. Don't want to encounter one of them!!

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