Bay Area battles growing wild pig problem

Wild pigs are a growing problem in California, where they occupy 56 of the state’s 58 counties. Credit: Allan Hack

Feral pigs are a growing problem throughout North America. That includes the San Francisco Bay Area, where they are tearing up lawns and soccer fields and invading waterways. Fifty-six of California’s 58 counties have wild pigs, the New York Times reports, but the problem seems worst in the East Bay suburb of Lafayette, where the city’s park and recreation department installed fences and contracts with a trapper to try to control the pigs.

State legislators recently introduced a bill that would make it easier for hunters to kill them.  “They are a pest to just about everybody and everything,” Eric Sklar, a member of the California Fish and Game Commission, told the Times.

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