Wild Pigs in Cuesta
"We've had wild pigs down by our property (around the corner from Playbowl Park) all week. Has anyone else in Cuesta seen or heard them?" from From Lulu Spigelman (message #8192)
[Pigs have been a problem in the area for years, but I haven't heard about them being a problem in Cuesta.]
A story …below about wild pigs was excerpted from an Almanac article from 2003:
"The battle to get rid of the wild pigs rooting in county hills is one you never win. But you have to keep fighting just to keep them under control. On April 9 , the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District board renewed its contract with Rural Pig Management Inc. to trap and dispose of feral pigs on its lands for another year. The cost should not exceed $30,100. Since the district first took on the invading porkers in 2000, Rural Pig Management Inc. has trapped a total of 272 pigs at a total cost of $83,651 -- or $307 per pig, according to Cindy Roessler, resource management specialist for the district. The pigs -- which are tough, smart, and prolific -- have been rooting their way up the Peninsula from the Carmel Valley and wilderness beyond. Having escaped from captivity, they are not native. Their rooting and wallowing damage hillsides and wetlands; they cause erosion into streams that harbor rare animals and threatened fish. The program has been successful so far, reported Director Larry Hassett of Skyline. "We're seeing a general decline in activity."
For an alternative view (in defense of the pigs) see the article located at: www.coestatepark.com/wild_pig.htm