Wild boars return to Lafayette

LAFAYETTE, Calif. (KRON) – Wild hogs have once again terrorized East Bay homeowners.

People who live in Lafayette have been complaining that pigs run wild and trample their well-manicured lawns, but authorities say they are working to stop these troublesome pests.

These wild pigs have returned to eat people’s lawns. It first became a problem in 2019 and a trapper was brought in to help.

They did, but now the invading animals have returned to searching for food and water and their fight for survival is once again becoming a major problem in the area.

Jonathan Katayanagi is Lafayette Parks’ Director of Recreation and Trails, but in recent years of receiving over a hundred calls of wild hog complaints, he now holds the unofficial title of Area Swine Pro.

The city has already dealt with this pig problem once.

In 2019, invasive animals chewed up neighborhoods and athletic fields causing more than $ 25,000 in damage. A trapper was able to get rid of more than a dozen of them, but now they are back.

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Linda Mooers has lived in the Burton Valley neighborhood for over 20 years and couldn’t believe what was happening.

Charles Tian moved to Lafayette just over a year ago: he sympathizes with the pigs’ fight for survival, but he also wants the city to stop them.

For now, sections of trails within Lafayette Community Park have been closed to keep people and pets safe from pigs.

Katayanagi hopes to control the hungry pigs.

As for what you can do about the pig problem, it’s not much more than contacting the city or getting a hunter.

The city is also asking people to keep their dogs on a leash at Lafayette Community Park to avoid potential unwanted confrontations with wild pigs.

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