After successful attempts at trapping and killing nuisance wild hogs, the city of San Jose in California will vote to keep the temporary law or not.
Wild hogs are one of the fastest growing invasive species on the planet. They can destroy thousands of acres of land in a very short time if not kept in check. San Jose, California hasn’t hit a large scale problem yet like some parts of the country, but are looking into ways to make sure that doesn’t happen.
For the last few years home and business owners in San Jose have been at war with wild hogs tearing up their property. They have caused thousands of dollars in damage to lawns and local golf courses. After numerous complaints from the locals they passed a temporary law in 2013 allowing the trapping and killing of wild hogs.
Under the law, the landowner must obtain a permit from California Department of Fish and Wildlife to be able to go after the hogs. This is only after trying nonlethal methods such as fencing. Traps can then be set and hogs captured. Upon capture the authorities must be notified and the hog moved away from any houses before being shot.
The only problem is hogs are notoriously hard to trap and very smart. Not to mention that traps large enough to do the job are expensive and hard to store when not in use. This has spurred many landowners to pay good money for professional trappers to come in and do the job.
“We’ve had some minor success, but I think that it’s making a difference. They get the word out somehow, and they don’t go there, and that’s one of the reasons I think it’s working,” Councilman Johnny Kahmis told reporters.
So far 14 hogs have been trapped and executed. This includes six females at a Almaden Country Club, five at businesses in Coyote Creek, and one in a neighborhood. Supporters are saying the law has been a success as reports of large groups of hogs and property damage are down in the area.
With the new law set to expire on Feb. 2, 2015 voting will take place soon on whether or not to make the law permanent.