About 40 wild pigs weighing up to 300 lbs. each are tearing up the grass at the San Jose, Calif., golf course in search of food and water. Though the club has erected two fences to keep the animals out, they continue to find a way onto the grounds, prompting the club to reach out to local government agencies for a solution.
Feral pigs are tearing up the grass at Almaden Golf & Country Club in search of food and water, and the third tee at the San Jose, Calif., golf course has seen better days, the San Francisco-based ABC 7 News reported.
Ted Barikmo lives in the neighborhood and took video of the pigs in his yard, News reported.
“Years ago, you would see them once in a while, very rarely and they’d smell you and they would run,” Barikmo said. “Now they’re a little more brazen and they look at you and they don’t really mind seeing you.”
General Manager Robert Sparks is fed up with the animals, News reported.
“We’ve had an invasion of about 40 wild pigs onto the club property,” Sparks said. “We’re talking anywhere from about 200-300 lb., large pigs, the males with tusks.”
The pigs are coming from the nearby mountain, Sparks said, and they’re crawling underneath the club’s fence. The club put up a second, stronger fence that runs along the golf course, but the pigs are still finding a way to the grounds, News reported.
“They’re extracting water from the grass, from the roots, from the insects underneath, the grub, earthworms,” Sparks said.
Besides the extensive and expensive damage to the course and neighborhood lawns, safety is a bigger concern, News reported.
“We’ve had stories of the pigs out on the street encountering joggers, people walking dogs—and people are concerned about the safety of their children,” said Sparks.
Sparks has reached out to local government agencies and is waiting to find out what can be done to stop the pigs, News reported.