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2 Dozen Wild Pigs Tear up Bay Area Parks, Lawns in Search of Food

The city of Lafayette released this photo on Oct. 4, 2019, of landscaping torn up by feral hogs.

The city of Lafayette released this photo on Oct. 4, 2019, of landscaping torn up by feral hogs.

More than two dozen wild pigs have been ripping up a park, soccer fields, lawns and landscaping as they look for food in a San Francisco Bay Area community.

Jonathan Katayanagi, Lafayette’s director of parks, tells the East Bay Times that feral hogs have been spotted in the city for at least a decade but seem especially prevalent this fall.

Officials say maintenance staff is working with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife to find the best way to protect the fields during the height of soccer season.

The city will install a temporary fence to deter the wild pigs so soccer players can use the fields.

Neighboring communities say they’re also seeing more feral pigs.

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