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Hoard of Pigs Go Hog Wild in San Ramon
NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 | Lisa Fernandez and Jodi Hernandez

Posted on 09/11/2013 2:40:26 PM PDT by nickcarraway

It's no joke, but a hoard of wild pigs has gone hog wild in suburban San Ramon.

Over the last few months as many as 20 of the nocturnal beasts (at least, that's how one neighbor remembers it) have ripped up grass and turned over gardens - all in the hot pursuit of grub. When homeowners in the Henry Ranch neighborhood have woken up, they've been shocked to find their manicured lawns all askew.

"It looks like a tornado has hopped from yard to yard," Carrie Spurlock said. "We've tried to deter them, but they keep coming back."

And it's not just Spurlock's lawn that has been wrecked.

A recent visit to the neighborhood by NBC Bay Area on Wednesday revealed a dozen or so front lawns looking like they had been professionally Rototilled -- and left a mess -- by the rotund mammals destroying property in a neighborhood where home prices start at more than half a million dollars.

Neighbors have been frustrated with trying to get rid of the pigs. They've used pesticides to kill insects, which the pigs like to dine on. They've installed motion-sensored lights hoping that would keep the animals away. They said they've called the Dept. of Fish and Game, but haven't gotten the runaround. And they've called a trapper, who initially set up cages, but has since taken them down.

All to no avail.

For now, neighbors are left to replant their grass and smooth out their bumpy lawns.

"We're very aggravated," Spurlock said. "They might even be a danger to people."


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1 posted on 09/11/2013 2:40:26 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Carry_Okie

Ping


2 posted on 09/11/2013 2:41:32 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Root hog or die!


3 posted on 09/11/2013 2:46:18 PM PDT by dljordan (WhoVoltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: nickcarraway

“What they need is a damn good whacking”


4 posted on 09/11/2013 2:47:51 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: dljordan

Shoot, gut, & grill ‘em!


5 posted on 09/11/2013 2:48:21 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: HerrBlucher

George Harrison?


6 posted on 09/11/2013 2:48:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

“hoard” “horde”

Excellent proof reading there, nbc


7 posted on 09/11/2013 2:49:25 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: nickcarraway

Just one of the many reasons wild pigs are legal to hunt in CA, one pig per day is the limit, the season, I believe, is year round. I can’t get out and walk like I used to so don’t keep up with the hunting laws the way I used to, but I am sure hog season is year round. Used to be one a day one in possession but I believe you can have unlimited in possession now. They just keep multiplying, like our imported wild turkeys.


8 posted on 09/11/2013 2:53:22 PM PDT by calex59
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To: calex59

The wild pig population is growing in San Diego County. They do a lot of damage to native vegetation and native species. There should be unlimited hunting of them. I hear that it is not easy to shoot them.


9 posted on 09/11/2013 3:02:22 PM PDT by forgotten man
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To: nickcarraway

Get a bow.

Pigs multiply rapidly, and you have to kill lots of them to keep their numbers in control.

Check out this white paper (top of page 3 has the stat I’m referencing): http://www.oregon.gov/OISC/docs/pdf/swine_ra.pdf


10 posted on 09/11/2013 3:03:31 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: dynachrome

“hoard” “horde”
“Excellent proof reading there, nbc”

As well as this:

“They said they’ve called the Dept. of Fish and Game, but haven’t gotten the runaround.”

I’m not even going to say it.


11 posted on 09/11/2013 3:08:08 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: forgotten man
Not for this guy.
12 posted on 09/11/2013 3:08:52 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: nickcarraway
"It looks like a tornado has hopped from yard to yard," Carrie Spurlock said. "We've tried to deter them, but they keep coming back."

Why don't you EAT them Carrie. Oh, that's right, you hate guns and hunters. Bad, very bad. Relocate them, or spay and neuter them (they've actually tried both).

I had a minor pig problem for a while. They were after acorns (which I don't mind them eating, but I don't want them tearing up the place). Eventually, I called Fish & Game and got a depredation permit. Then I built a trap (at a cost of nearly a grand). I was about to start baiting them with soured corn so that I could get the whole family in there when I tried something simpler and a bit more creative.

Pigs don't see very well. They tend to travel a scent by night. So I found their trail, cut down a tree, and spread the branches across the trail along its length.

The pigs came in, got their feet tangled up, got frustrated and confused, turned around, and went back whence they came.

13 posted on 09/11/2013 3:14:00 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers choices: convert, submit, or die.)
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To: nickcarraway

“Neighbors have been frustrated with trying to get rid of the pigs. They’ve used pesticides to kill insects, which the pigs like to dine on. They’ve installed motion-sensored lights hoping that would keep the animals away. They said they’ve called the Dept. of Fish and Game, but haven’t gotten the runaround. And they’ve called a trapper, who initially set up cages, but has since taken them down.”

Oh, for cryin’ out loud, just shoot them already and have the neighbors over for a pig pickin’!


14 posted on 09/11/2013 3:16:23 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (My sweet talk is also savory and creamy.)
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To: Steely Tom

Shotgun with slugs?


15 posted on 09/11/2013 3:16:48 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers choices: convert, submit, or die.)
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To: nickcarraway
That's funny. A "hoard" of Hogs went Hog Wild in DC today, and scared off 999,979 muslims.
16 posted on 09/11/2013 3:17:51 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Trust but verify. If you can't verify, trust no one but God.)
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To: Steely Tom

What kind of gun is the guy useing. It looks like the round goes through the pig and stirs up dust before the pig falls.


17 posted on 09/11/2013 3:18:14 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: HerrBlucher

Big man, pig man
Ha ha, charade you are
You well-heeled big wheel
Ha ha, charade you are
And when your hand is on your heart
You’re nearly a good laugh
Almost a joker
With your head down in the pig bin
Sayin’ “keep on diggin’”
Pig stain on your fat chin
What do you hope to find
Down in the pig mine
You’re nearly a laugh
You’re nearly a laugh
But you’re really a cry...


18 posted on 09/11/2013 3:19:15 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (My sweet talk is also savory and creamy.)
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To: Carry_Okie

i dont think shotgun is legal to take wild hog in california. need to use rifle or handgun with calibre over .22.

or bow.


19 posted on 09/11/2013 3:20:17 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: Stormdog

whored


20 posted on 09/11/2013 3:20:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

root hog or die

“Root hog, or die” is a common American catch-phrase dating from well before 1834. Coming from the early colonial practice of turning pigs loose in the woods to fend for themselves, the term is an idiomatic expression for self-reliance.


21 posted on 09/11/2013 3:21:45 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: dynachrome
“hoard” “horde”

Excellent proof reading there, nbc

Professionally accredited journalists at work there, dontcha know.

22 posted on 09/11/2013 3:25:30 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: nickcarraway

Send them to the Gitmo kitchen.


23 posted on 09/11/2013 3:28:37 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Carry_Okie; VerySadAmerican

Not that I’m any kind of expert, but if you watch the video I think you’ll see that each shot consists of three or four projectiles. I’m guessing it’s a shotgun with “ball” ammo.

The guy is a amazing shot though. There are other helicopter pig-hunt videos where the shooter takes seven or eight shots to hit pig. This guy rare needs more than two; he hits quite a few on his first shot.


24 posted on 09/11/2013 3:29:52 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: beebuster2000

.45-70 with 500 grain hard cast lead bullets. Goes clean through stem to stern


25 posted on 09/11/2013 3:43:59 PM PDT by technically right
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To: beebuster2000
i dont think shotgun is legal to take wild hog in california. need to use rifle or handgun with calibre over .22.
or bow.

Or spitballs.
Or your bare hands.
California is just giving our porcine friends better odds...

26 posted on 09/11/2013 3:44:50 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: nickcarraway

“whored”

how to get through journalism school...


27 posted on 09/11/2013 3:46:37 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: nickcarraway

slut walk?


28 posted on 09/11/2013 3:50:24 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: nickcarraway

Kill the pigs. Kill them with guns. Kill them indiscriminately. This is the only cure for wild pigs.


29 posted on 09/11/2013 3:51:29 PM PDT by vpintheak (Thankful to be God blessed & chosen!)
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To: El Cid

California fish and game regs regarding hunting wild pigs (excerpt)

b) Shotguns capable of holding not more than three shells firing single slugs may be used for the taking of deer, bear and wild pigs. In areas where the discharge of rifles or shotguns with slugs is prohibited by county ordinance, shotguns capable of holding not more than three shells firing size 0 or 00 buckshot may be used for the taking of deer only.


30 posted on 09/11/2013 3:51:29 PM PDT by steelhead_trout (MYOB)
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To: beebuster2000

Shotguns are OK for hunting wild pig (with the usual qualifications) according to CA regs.


31 posted on 09/11/2013 3:54:23 PM PDT by steelhead_trout (MYOB)
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To: beebuster2000
i dont think shotgun is legal to take wild hog in california. need to use rifle or handgun with calibre over .22.

You are correct. My depredation permit said, "centerfire rifle." The video to which I was referring was probably not shot in California.

32 posted on 09/11/2013 4:00:13 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers choices: convert, submit, or die.)
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To: Steely Tom
Not that I’m any kind of expert, but if you watch the video I think you’ll see that each shot consists of three or four projectiles.

It is clearly a shotgun, but I wouldn't expect a clean kill with anything less than a slug. He is an amazing shot though.

33 posted on 09/11/2013 4:02:55 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers choices: convert, submit, or die.)
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To: Carry_Okie

I suspect that over the last few days, the fire has driven lots of wild life over the ridge into Danville and San Ramon.


34 posted on 09/11/2013 4:03:42 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor
Yes. We already have a wild turkey problem. Mix that with hogs, and what do you get?

-PJ

35 posted on 09/11/2013 4:05:57 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Carry_Okie

You can use a shotgun in Cali to kill pigs, but only with slugs, not shot.


36 posted on 09/11/2013 4:06:27 PM PDT by steelhead_trout (MYOB)
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To: steelhead_trout

thanks.


37 posted on 09/11/2013 4:06:50 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: Political Junkie Too

The turkeys now own the upper Clayton Valley, Pine canyon, Walnut Heights, and Round Hill.

Baby turkeys are running around everywhere.


38 posted on 09/11/2013 4:10:15 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor
Baby turkeys are running around everywhere.

Apparently, there are fossil indications in the LA Basin that there was once a "native" wild turkey in California, one that the Indians may have extirpated farther north.

39 posted on 09/11/2013 4:23:53 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers choices: convert, submit, or die.)
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To: nickcarraway

I think that’s a “horde” of pigs, not a “hoard.” SOmebody get a dictionary, please!


40 posted on 09/11/2013 4:29:16 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: nickcarraway

I hope no one has been hoarding pigs. That’s bound to create a scarcity of bacon.
The journalist that committed this should be dismissed, forthwith, and join the horde of out of work folk.


41 posted on 09/11/2013 4:31:40 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
Oh, for cryin’ out loud, just shoot them already and have the neighbors over for a pig pickin’!

LOL, I know, right?

There's no one, nowhere, nowhen, more pathetic than California Liberals.

Nor more sociopathic.

42 posted on 09/11/2013 4:41:55 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: nickcarraway

Solution is 1 part night vision goggles mixed with 2 parts AR 15 with suppressor. Fire up the barbie. :-)


43 posted on 09/11/2013 4:50:21 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: pbmaltzman

Actually, the proper collective noun is a “sounder of pigs.”

Here’s a cool site.

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/grammar/partsofspeech/nouns/collective/


44 posted on 09/11/2013 4:50:39 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Mark Steyn: "In the Middle East, the enemy of our enemy is also our enemy.")
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To: Carry_Okie

Well, there’s a good supply up here now anyway.

On one client’s property on the east slopes of Morgan Territory there are so many turkey nests under the big oaks that its hard to drive around there.


45 posted on 09/11/2013 4:51:12 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Political Junkie Too
We already have a wild turkey problem. Mix that with hogs, and what do you get?

A great Thanksgiving dinner!

46 posted on 09/11/2013 4:53:02 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: editor-surveyor
On one client’s property on the east slopes of Morgan Territory there are so many turkey nests under the big oaks that its hard to drive around there.

Maybe they'll eat the extra acorns. It would help.

47 posted on 09/11/2013 4:58:22 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers choices: convert, submit, or die.)
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To: beebuster2000

No problem. But load up on slugs. No shot.


48 posted on 09/11/2013 5:08:47 PM PDT by steelhead_trout (MYOB)
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To: Steely Tom

Now that looks like fun! I’d pay to go on a hunt like that.........


49 posted on 09/11/2013 5:15:46 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: Political Junkie Too
We already have a wild turkey problem. Mix that with hogs, and what do you get?

Turkey and pork at thanksgiving dinner?

50 posted on 09/11/2013 5:19:11 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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