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Photos of wild pigs in Moraga & other spots around the Bay

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, December 29th, 2011 at 7:55 am in Wild pigs.

Wild pig boar on Lime Ridge, Walnut Creek. Photo by Brian Murphy, W.C., CA.
1willd pig brian murphy wc

Dear readers:
I’ve been writing about wild pigs in Moraga, CA, in my last three daily newspaper columns:

Dec. 27: http://www.mercurynews.com/gary-bogue/ci_19621197

Dec. 28: http://www.mercurynews.com/gary-bogue/ci_19626164

Dec. 29: http://www.mercurynews.com/gary-bogue/ci_19632728

I thought it would be fun to illustrate these columns with some wild pig photos sent to me by my readers in response to what I wrote. I also asked if anyone had ever seen wild pigs in Moraga, or anywhere else in the San Francisco Bay Area. People who responded were asked to include “the name of the city and the nearest cross streets to the sighting … the number of pigs you saw … what they were doing … and when you saw them.” To date, I’ve had 23 responses, indicating there are a LOT of wild pigs rooting around in the Bay Area. If you’d like to add to this information, please do below under “Add a comment!” There will be more newspaper columns and blogs to come on this subject.

In the meantime, check out these great wild pig photos:

Below are two wild pig litters in a Lafayette yard in Burton Valley. Photo taken in 2009 or 2010 from the house deck by Jane & Ron Hufft, Lafayette, CA
1wild pig jane & ron hufft laf

Below are a black sow and her piglets “rototilling” a Lafayette hillside in Burton Valley in 2009. Photo by Joan Siltanen, Lafayette, CA.
1wild pig hank siltanen laf

Below is a wild pig sow with babies near Ed Levin County Park in Milpitas. Photo taken in 2006 by Nelson Palmer, Milpitas, CA.
1wild pig nelson palmer milpitas

Bye-bye! A wild pig, below, runs away from the photographer while he was hiking in Morgan Territory Park. Photo taken in 2010 by Clyde Claggett, cyberspace.
1wild pig clyde claggett cyberspace

If you’ve taken photos of wild pigs in the Bay Area and don’t mind if I use them here in my blog, please e-mail me a copy to gbogue@bayareanewsgroup.com. Please include name and city of the photographer, when the photo was taken, where it was taken, and what’s going on in the photo. Thanks! All these wild pigs living around us and most of us didn’t even know it. Who would have figured! /Gary

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5 Responses to “Photos of wild pigs in Moraga & other spots around the Bay”

  1. Deb Andrich Says:

    Dear Gary,
    I believe we have been visited by the same group of Burton Valley pigs mentioned in Thursday’s article. The size, color and family grouping are a match as well as the seasonal sightings. We are on Driftwood Drive in Lafayette and they forage in the cattle property wedged between us and Camino Colorados. Their loud movement through the brush is unmistakeable and I’ll run over to the edge of our property to find them happily crunching wild plums (pits and all). Naturally, they rooted right under our fence to enjoy our plums too. The the earth below the tree quickly became a patch of barren dirt. We have since removed the bait, I mean tree, so they won’t venture further into the yard for more goodies.

  2. Barbara Says:

    I saw wild pigs when my husband and I first moved to the Bay Area in the ’70s. We lived in Castro Valley; and saw them off his father’s property in Newark. Haven’t seen any of them since the late ’70s (former husband, FIL — or pigs).

  3. Rattakin Says:

    Those look mighty tasty!

  4. Barbara Says:

    Deb — You *run* over to the edge of your property? Where the pigs are? I wouldn’t. I was in my early 20′s and could still climb trees when I lived in Castro Valley. Those pigs weren’t exactly docile …

  5. kaaren Smith Says:

    I remember horse camping at Jack Brook horse camp in La Honda several years ago when wild pigs abounded. They would come into camp at night and mill around looking for food. They didn’t bother the many horses and really didn’t bother me either when I checked on my horse in the evening and walked around. I did not try to approach them or be friendly. Just did my thing and ignored them, but actually enjoyed the experience. They did not act aggressively. The pigs are no longer for they were hunted out because they were too numerous. Wonder if any are still around. The last time I was there I didn’t see any in the camp. Never got any pictures.

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