SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – Thirsty packs of wild boar have been tearing up yards and even a golf course near San Jose’ Almaden Valley in search of water.
For the past month, as many as 40 animals – some weighing up to 300 pounds – have been coming down from the hills looking for food.
“I’m just so upset. It’s like Africa. There are wild pigs,” said homeowner Tony Giacobbe.
Drought conditions have forced them into the neighborhoods, where they’ve dug up as many as ten lawns looking for grubs to eat.
“It’s a real problem and nobody seems to want to do anything about it that I heard of,” said reskident Robert Cuddie.
The pigs have done thousands of dollars of damage to the greens and fairways of the Almaden Golf and Country Club. General Manager Robert Sparks has called everyone from the City of San Jose to the Department of Fish and Wildlife for help, but so far he hasn’t had any luck.
“We’re concerned about the human issue now and the pigs being on the street,” said Sparks. “That’s what we’re looking at as a country club and with our neighbors around us, wanting to have them protected.”
The boars are likely retreating into the hills during the day. The country club has installed fencing, but experts say the animals are very adaptable and will find a way to get to food and water.
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