Trespassing pigs upset Crockery Township neighbors

Pigs on the loose are ruining lawns and upsetting neighbors in Ottawa County's Crockery Township. "All of these little holes are from the pigs,' said Hickory Street resident Alicia Whitwam.
Nov 12, 2011


Her yard and others on Hickory Street look like excavation sites because of the rooting pigs, she said. Her lawn is criss-crossed by shallow trenches.

“The pigs come down here and root with their noses,” explained Whitwam. “They look for grubs and whatever else they can find when they are hungry.”

The stray pigs are owned by Harold Bartz, a neighbor down the road. “I have a boar, a sow and three little ones,” he said, counting on his fingers.

Bartz pens the pigs in a junkyard next to his house. He said someone let them out of their sty.

“We had a party across the road,” he said. “Somebody let them out. I’ve been chasing pigs for over a week.”

But neighbors say the trespassing pigs are a continuous, long-term problem.

“I ran over one last winter,” said Whitwam. “I feel it’s been an ongoing issue.”

Although the pigs are surprisingly quick and agile, neighbors say they aren’t really frightened by the animals. But, they say even friendly pigs could be dangerous for small children.

“They could knock one over and step on them,” said Whitwam. “Being a couple hundred pounds, it’s not going to be a good thing.”

Neighbors said deputies have tried to shoot the pigs, but missed. After talks with the Michigan Department Of Natural Resource, Hickory Street residents said they believe they can legally kill the stray pigs. Most say they would prefer it if the animals were confiscated.

“I think the best thing wold be for them to come and just take them,” said Whitwam.


Fly on the Wall

That neighborhood's really gone downhill since Johnny Mink died.

Say No To Tourist's

[Quote] Neighbors said deputies have tried to shoot the pigs, but missed.[End quote] Wounder if they were GVSU deputies? I'd be more than happy to come and help the residents out by removing the stray swine creating the problem, heck I'd even bring my pig roaster and BBQ up a couple for the neighbors.......mmmmm pulled pork sandwiches and ribs for everyone!!!!! The left over pigs would be donated to local needey family's.

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