Magnolia residents worried over possible 'wild pig' problem

Magnolia residents worried over possible 'wild pig' problem
Rescued pigs roam free at the Pigs Peace Sanctuary in Stanwood, WA. Judy Woods spends $200,000 a year caring for all the unwanted pigs.
SEATTLE - There have been cougar, fox, and raccoon sightings in the Magnolia neighborhood, but feral pigs are a first.

Resident Lori Sawyer was walking her dog in the same spot where she'd read in her community paper about feral pigs roaming Magnolia.

"I mean do we really have wild pigs in Seattle? I don't know," Sawyer says.

A blogger said his dog alerted him to the squealing and grunting outside, where a mother and 3 piglets were reportedly squealing and snorting down the sidewalk.

"Earlier this morning I heard my dog went out, I heard her barking, and she wouldn't get away form the cars," Tod Vicencio says.

Sounds weren't the only signs.

Outside a toy store someone or something dug up succulents and left a honeycomb trail.

"Put two and two together. What's been digging around here, pig on the loose, you never know and there's a bees nest in there, honey," Hannah Wetter says.

Another person said they heard snorting sounds and stampeding feet one night at a corner next to Bill the Butcher.

"I hope they don't come in here cause we're low on pork," butcher Sam Roberts says.

The last wild pigs on the loose captured in South Seattle wound up at the Pigs Peace Sanctuary in Stanwood, WA.

"I get calls every day, I have a long waiting list," Judy Woods says.

Woods has 190 pigs, and will likely get a call if pigs are caught in Magnolia.

"I say yes to situations that were pretty horrendous, I have pigs thrown from moving vehicles, burned with blow torches," Woods adds.

Seattle Animal Control says there isn't a wild pig problem in the city, but maybe "pigs as pets that people let go" problem.

Woods suspects the pigs were probably once pets as well.

Woods sanctuary spends $200,000 a year caring for all the unwanted pigs. She says if you spot the pigs in Magnolia, don't feed them because it'll make it tougher for Animal Control to capture them.