Wild Pigs on the Big Island--cute or a menace? Well it depends on who you ask. I will give you some tips on attracting or repelling these wild creatures.
Wild or feral pigs are attracted to a food source. So if your property has--cultivated or wild--trees or plants such as macadamia nuts, pineapple, guavas, avocados...they may pay you a visit. If you have marijuana growing illegally or legally on your land, be warned wild pigs like to get high!
Our neighbor up the street said she had a cute mama pig and her piglets coming through her property. My neighbor down the street shot and killed a wild pig that "trespassed" onto his property.
To hinder feral boars from entering your property, you can put up a fence. This is the best but most expensive way. They do this at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park here on the Big Island.
The next suggestion is to get some dogs. Over the years we have found that the more dogs you have, the wider the berth pigs will travel to avoid your place.
The last thing which I have heard of but not tried is to put a barrier of human hair on the ground around your property. They do not like our smell.
I saw this being done in the movie "The Rookie" with Dennis Quaid, only it was deer that they were trying to keep out of a field with newly planted tender grass shoots -- and of course it worked in the movie!
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