‘Bolder’ wild pigs rampaging through Manoa Valley backyards stir frustration, concern
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A growing number of wild pig sightings in Manoa Valley have residents turning to state leaders for help.
Tim Martinez said he has seen at least 12 pigs within the last month in his neighborhood.
He also said the pigs are becoming “bolder.”
He captured a video of piglets running through his backyard.
Long-time Manoa Resident, Sandy Tsukiyama lives just a few doors down from Martinez.
She said the pigs would come running up the hill.
Although her yard is fenced, Tsukiyama said the noise is disturbing her dogs — and her sleep.
She said she reached out to a relative to help trap the pigs.
“In the period of four consecutive nights, we got three separate trappings and we caught three piglets,” said Tsukiyama.
The pig sightings were reported to state Rep. Dale Kobayashi.
He held a meeting Saturday to see how widespread the issue is.
According to the Wildlife Manager for the Oahu Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Jason Misaki, there were control programs in the area about a decade ago that were successful.
“And then we ran into some issues with some negative interactions between residents in the area and we decided to shut the program down,” said Misaki.
Misaki said they’re working to help the Manoa community to find a different solution.
“Ultimately, we want to determine what the extent of the problem is, and then propose some solutions and see what the residents and the committee members are willing to accept,” said Misaki.
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