SLO is quick to kill wild pigs
April 5, 2010
Residents and tourists alike are enjoying Johnson Ranch, the one-year-old open space park tucked away at the intersection of S. Higuera and Ontario Road in San Luis Obispo. However, city officials are stymied by what to do about the wild pigs who apparently threaten both hikers and steelhead trout. [Tribune]
Dozens of wild pigs are roaming the property–mostly at night–and are tearing up the hillsides and muddying the creek where federally-protected steelhead trout struggle to thrive.
One woman hiker recently had a far-too-close encounter with a wild pig on the trail, but her dogs chased the animal away.
Park rangers have a permit from the state allowing them to trap and kill the animals–a single bullet to the head after the pig (or piglets) is captured in a steel cage is standard protocol.
The city then either buries the carcasses on the property, or donates them to a local charity.
“We don’t really see any alternative,” said Neil Havlik, the city’s natural resources manager.