Jonathan Christiansen was puzzled – the front lawn of his San Ramon home suddenly looked like a newly plowed field. His wonderment ended when he rewound the video tape on his home’s security camera.
Under the cover of darkness, wild pigs have been targeting the home, ripping up the lawn looking for a late night snack of grubs.
“They make like a snorting noise,” said Jonathan’s son Kian. “Sometimes they make weird squealing noises.”
The Christiansens say the marauding pigs have struck their lawn twice over the last week.
“They kind of rip it (the lawn) up,” Jonathan Christiansen said. “They look for grubs ...They eat the grubs...They argue with each other ..They run around...It's crazy.”
The Christiansens aren’t alone. Their neighbors’ front lawns are also being munched on.
“Every morning, I wake up and I look at my yard to see if they've hit a new part of it,” said neighbor Goli Jendreski.
Mark Raphaelian said he’s also grown tired of his lawn being torn up.
“I don't want them tearing up my yard every day of the week,” he told KTVU. The homeowner’s association has set up traps, but the pigs haven’t taken the bait. Now the neighborhood has asked the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to step in.
Until them, Christiansen and his neighbors will just have to continue to chase the pigs away.
“They're running down the street, sliding sideways trying to get away,” he said of the chase. “They haven't been back since that night but they will be back. “
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