Wild pigs run amok in San Jose, residents want repayment for wrecked landscaping

Harmful hogs, descended from Russian boars, expanded their range after Anderson Reservoir was drained, neighbors say

A project to drain the largest reservoir in Santa Clara County to repair its aging dam is bringing with it unwelcome guests, say neighbors who live nearby: wild pigs.

When full, Anderson Reservoir is 7 miles long, forming a vast natural barrier between the remote Diablo Range and suburban neighborhoods along the lake’s western edge near the San Jose-Morgan Hill border.

But after the reservoir was emptied in late 2020 for earthquake repairs on its aging dam, residents in the area say they have been invaded by relentless razorbacks that dig up lawns, rip up irrigation lines and cause other mayhem totaling tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

At least four property owners in the Jackson Oaks and Holiday Lake Estates neighborhoods have sent bills to the Santa Clara Valley Water District, which owns the reservoir, asking for reimbursements. They were denied.


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