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Wild Pigs Posing Problems for Manoa?

Feral pigs are eating-away at vegetation along trails in Manoa and Tantalus. Feral pigs are eating-away at vegetation along trails in Manoa and Tantalus.
Sarah Preble Sarah Preble

by Joann Shin

MANOA (KHNL) - Sarah Preble loves to garden, but lately she's had a hard time growing plants.  Feral pigs keep tearing up her yard.

"We see them once or twice a week. Our neighbors saw them everyday last week," explained Preble.

She just planted this koa tree, but pigs got to it.  She had to lay down logs and rocks to keep them away.

Preble says the pigs eat away at leaves and dig holes all over the yard.

"I thought it was kind of funny at the beginning and it was kind of a kick, but it ceased to be," said Preble.

Her home sits underneath Waahila Ridge, the area she says feral pigs are taking over.

"The first ones I saw were a black one and a very large head of a gray-brownish one with huge tusks looking right at me," said Preble.

The problem got so bad, she got a hunter to deal with the pigs.  While the damage is minor, Preble says if the pigs continue to cause erosion, this could become a major problem during the heavy rains.

She said, "I know people on the other side who have enormous mud slides contributed to feral pigs."

And while she hasn't had major problems yet, she worries it's only a matter of time.

"I hear rocks tumble at night. I never know if it's just natural erosion."

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