City seeks to renew botanical garden pig contract

HONOLULU (AP) - Damage caused by feral pigs at Honolulu's Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden has increased since a contract allowing federal workers to trap the animals ended nearly two months ago.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the $51,754 contract expired Sept. 30.

City spokesman Jesse Broder Van Dyke says the contract was not automatically renewed and was under review as the city faces an operating budget shortfall.

Broder Van Dyke says that after seeing damage from feral pigs, the city is again approaching the Honolulu City Council to renew the contract.

Workers from a U.S. Department of Agriculture office captured 232 feral pigs at gardens from 2007 to 2013.

Most were at Hoomaluhia. Supervisor Alma Phocas says 50 to 70 wild pigs come from wooded sections of the garden after dark and cause damage.

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