San Jose allows trapping, shooting of wild pigs

The San Jose City Council passed an emergency ordinance allowing state-licensed trappers to trap and kill wild pigs.
November 5, 2013 9:51:30 PM PST
The San Jose City Council voted 8-3 to approve the urgent measure to allow trappers to shoot wild pigs within the city limits. The ordinance will take effect immediately and expire on Feb. 5, 2014. The city council plans to return with a long-term, more holistic solution to the feral pig issue.

A herd of more than a dozen non-native pigs have torn up lawns and ripped apart the greens at the Almaden Golf and Country Club. Previously, the city rules banned shooting a gun inside the city's border, except by police and people at firing ranges.

People who have seen the damage the pigs made told us they're ready to get rid of them by any means necessary. Longtime residents said the pigs are turning aggressive and threatening.

Only state-licensed trappers will be allowed to capture the pigs and shoot them.


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