Feral pigs wreaking havoc, says Santa Rita mayor

PIGS: Feral pigs are shown in Agat in February 2017. The problem has been exacerbated by certain residents who give them food. Post file photo

Hundreds of feral pigs are making pests of themselves in the southwestern coastal village of Santa Rita according to Mayor Dale Alvarez.

Alvarez said the village of about 6,000 residents is “overrun” with the wild animals. He said about 300 pigs roam the area leaving destruction in their wake.

“They come out of the jungle and they damage all the lawn and spill all the people’s trash cans,” Alvarez said, “They eat what people plant in their garden. It’s just a big mess.”

He said the problem has gotten worse in the last three to four years.

“They are getting used to the people. They are seeing that the people are not hurting them,” he said.

And the pigs are getting smarter too, he said.

“Before when they see cars, they run into the jungle but now they will wait until the cars pass and they will cross the street,” Alvarez said.

‘They are so strong my cage won’t hold them’

Catching them is becoming increasing difficult he said. “They are very intelligent, like they know what’s going on.”

When a pig is captured it often makes an escape, he said.

“They are so strong my cage won’t hold them. They break out.”

Some of the pigs can weigh up to 200 pounds he said, and he is worried they might pose a risk to his constituents.

“I hope they never do but I’m worried it might get to that point. If the people try to catch them, they might attack,” he said.

Pig problems have been reported in other villages as well, but Alvarez said the animals particularly like his village because of its elevation.