Pigs Living On East Bay Golf Course To Be Hunted

CLAYTON (BCN) – The Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton has hired a hunter to shoot up to 15 wild pigs that have been causing major damage to the golf course, officials said Tuesday.

The club, located at 1001 Peacock Creek Drive, obtained a depredation permit from the California Department of Fish and Game to kill the pigs, which have been tearing up the golf course looking for grubs, California Department of Fish and Game Warden Jessica Jacobsen said.

Police said problems with wild pigs are common in Clayton at this time of year because their normal habitat is extremely dry, driving the pigs down from the foothills to forage for food.

The animals, which can weigh up to 300 pounds, are attracted to the moist soil on the golf course, Jacobsen said.

The Department of Fish and Game issues depredation permits for certain animals when they are destroying crops or property and measures taken to prevent the destruction have failed, Jacobsen said.

She said that in their application for a depredation order, country club owners stated that they had tried to keep the pigs out by fencing off parts of the golf course and had even had employees stay up all night to chase the pigs off the property.

The pigs, however, have continued to cause thousands of dollars in damage to the golf course, Jacobsen said.

She said wild pigs are difficult to fence out because they simply dig under fences.

“Pigs are very smart animals,” Jacobsen said.

Because the country club is within city limits, the depredation
permit only allowed the property owner to trap the pigs or hunt them with a bow and arrow unless they have authorization from the police department to shoot them.

Police confirmed that the country club has been authorized to shoot the animals.

The city also has a permit to kill an unlimited number of wild pigs that have been destroying the city’s sports complex, Jacobsen said.

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  1. CANDI says:

    after they shoot them they should donate the meat to a kitchen that feeds homeless people, or have one huge pig roast and feed the homeless. another idea after the pigs are killed take it to be cutup and give to food banks. I don’t know if u can eat these types of pigs but it seems such a waste to kill them. I know they are tearing up the golf course but couldn’t they round them up and put them someplace else.

  2. Fran says:

    Boo hoo. Poor rich people. It must be nice to have so much money that an animals life is less important than your LAWN.

  3. Bloodhounds says:

    There’s a pig/hog sanctuary some where in the Los Gatos Hills. Why do people just kill to take care of problems? Talk about gangs and hoods, these people aren’t any better.

  4. Tinkerbell says:

    Shame on you Board of Directors of the Country Club!!!! You could prohibit this – easy way is to just “Kill the problem” – Members you need to out vote your current Board of Directors if their solution is “KILL” an animal for the sake of your precious golf course!

  5. NRA Life Member says:

    Contrary to what the article calls them, they are not “wild pigs”. They are a non-native, invasive species called “feral hogs”. They started as farm pigs that either escaped the farm or were released into the wild. They cause massive destruction wherever they are and can be very agressive toward people. They are extremely strong and are larger than the average black bear. They breed extremely fast, roam in herds of 6 – 20 and have no natural predators. Before all the animal lovers start decrying this plan for depredation, remember that termites and bed bugs are animals too. Would you invite them into your home?

  6. Mea Culpa says:

    @Candi – it certainly would be nice if they did something more than just kill & dispose of but I wouldn’t count on it… what they can do with the meat will depend on the health and age of the animals(s)… also soup kitchens, shelters, and the like are all held to standards about what kind of donations they can & can’t accept… I’m gonna guess there is some rule somewhere won’t allow it.

    @Fran – I pretty much feel the same way… boo hoo…

    @Bloodhounds – that might work if they were shipped to a wildlife sanctuary or protected area… but wild hogs are considered a nuisance animal in a lot of places… and you can’t toss a bunch of wild hogs at a farm sanctuary w/ domesticated hogs and not expect terrible things to happen. Relocating wild hogs is more like relocating a coyote than rehoming a dog…

  7. mattymatt says:

    Contrary to what the article calls them, they are not “golfers”. They are a non-native, invasive species called “humans”. They started as missionaries that either escaped the farm or were released into the wild. They cause massive destruction wherever they are and can be very agressive toward animals. They are extremely strong and are larger than the average black bear. They breed extremely fast, roam in herds of several million and have no natural predators. Before all the human lovers start decrying this plan for depredation, remember that Charles Manson and Jeffrey Dahmer were humans too. Would you invite them into your home?

  8. NRA Life Member says:

    Well, I’m sure I am wasting my time trying to use logic in this debate, but I’ll give it one more shot. I’ts very enlightening to see you demonstrate your hipocracy in your own words. You espouse tolerance – You celebrate diversity, but only when it suits your needs.

    The feral hogs are not specifically targeting golf courses. They dig where the food is. That is where the conditions are right, the ground is moist and easy to dig. This includes golf courses, parks, school yards, athletic fields, farms, lawns or any large expanse of irrigated ground. Doing away with golf courses and golfers, because you don’t like them, will not change anything. The hogs will simply find another expanse of lawn to dig. Hogs are very intelligent, which is more than I can say for some posters here. I know the subject requires logical thought. Try not to hurt yourself by thinking too hard. Just go back to your medical marijuana and your selective “tolerance”. Your Democratic leaders will tell you what to think.

  9. tim says:

    Why not have a pig hunt/golf outing followed up with a nice BBQ. Count me in.

    1. Mea Culpa says:

      roflmao… I’m a vegetarian and I don’t golf but I gotta say this is a pretty genius idea! :0)

  10. Summer says:

    What a fantastic idea! If you don’t like something, then just kill it! Brilliant logic. How dare these animals infringe upon OUR golf courses? Don’t they know these golf courses have been there for tens of years! Stupid animals. Kill ’em all. Don’t they know that the superior HUMAN uses that land to hit balls at holes? Don’t they know how IMPORTANT that activity is? Why can’t they just go eat at McDonald’s like the rest of us? Stupid.

  11. lyndon d says:

    is the hunt open to civilians can i just go and hunt

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