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Wild hogs move into Mid-South, Fayette County officer kills 600-pound boar
The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 12/23/06 | Shirley Downing

Posted on 12/23/2006 3:55:07 PM PST by Sybeck1

Fayette County officer kills 600-pound boar

Fayette County resident John Cocke walked out onto his deck, clapped his hands, and hollered.

He first thought a neighbor's hog was on the loose, but he quickly saw the animal ripping into his chicken coop had long tusks, beady eyes and hair that stood up on his back like an angry dog.

"He acted aggressive, like if you come out here, I'm going to tear you up."

Cocke called for help.

Fayette County Animal Control officer Thomas Petrowski felled the wild porker with three blasts from a 12-gauge shotgun. Cocke's nephew carved the beast into slabs of bacon and mounds of pork chops.

Fayette County folks have been talking about the ferocious hog that weighed 600-plus pounds and spanned 7 feet, snout to curly tail.

Feral hogs are once-domesticated animals that have returned to the wild. Sometimes hogs escape the pen, or people turn them out to forage, or they're stocked for hunting purposes.

Wild hogs have become increasingly common -- and a growing nuisance -- throughout the South, though the exact number in Tennessee is unclear, said Ben Layton, big-game biologist for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in Crossville.

Nationally, feral hogs are increasingly on the radar of state wildlife officials, who note their rapid rate of reproduction and their threat to game and wildlife.

"Feral hogs are very destructive creatures that can destroy native plants and natural resources," said Layton. "Our agency has taken a stand of trying to stop the uncontrolled introduction of these animals into the wild."

Cocke said he hadn't seen any wild hogs on his property before the one that was killed several weeks ago.

"He'd been up the road at a neighbor's house before he came down here. He'd broke in their horse barn or pasture and broke a gate down, and their horses got out. We live 1.5 or 2 miles (east of) Somerville and those horses were so scared they went to Somerville."

Animal Control officer Bill Crook ran the hog back into the woods, but the animal returned.

Then Petrowski arrived.

The hog had literally ripped a pole holding a trash feeder from the ground, he said.

Petrowski said hunters don't comprehend the danger of coming up on a wild hog in the dark.

"They are nothing to play with," he said. "Hunters should be aware in the woods."

-- Shirley Downing: 529-2387

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‘FOREIGN’ ANIMALS MOVING IN

A manatee swims up the Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico. An Arkansas black bear crosses the Mississippi River and hikes across Northwest Tennessee. Dead armadillos line the roadside and alligators bask in McKellar Lake.

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Increasingly, Mid-Southerners see animals once foreign to the area. Reasons vary, but largely involve changes in clime and habitat, free-ranging animals and the return of domesticated animals to the wild.

"You can clump armadillos, alligators and fire ants together," said Gary Cook, regional manager for the Jackson office of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

"Some of those are temperature dependent. The warmer it is, the farther north they will expand their territories. Because we have had relatively warm temperatures for the past 10 years, those animals tend to expand their territories north.

"That's the reason you are seeing alligators in the Mississippi River and armadillos expanding northward."

Coyotes are "a totally different story. We've had coyotes for a long time, from about the mid-1970s."

The arrival of coyotes is due to natural range expansion, he said. "That has nothing to do with temperatures. All species expand their range when they can do so."

University of Memphis biology professor Mike Kennedy said coyotes are drawn to the Mid-South because "our habitat is good. We have abundant rabbit and rodent resources that are the primary food items for coyotes."

Copyright 2006, commercialappeal.com - Memphis, TN. All Rights Reserved.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
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1 posted on 12/23/2006 3:55:09 PM PST by Sybeck1
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To: Sybeck1
600-pound boar:

2 posted on 12/23/2006 3:57:47 PM PST by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: Sybeck1
There oughta be a whole lot o' huntin' goin' on out there.

Leni

3 posted on 12/23/2006 3:59:07 PM PST by MinuteGal (The Left takes power only through deception.)
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To: Sybeck1
Hogzilla.

Genetic analysis showed that he had some Hampshire in him.
4 posted on 12/23/2006 3:59:12 PM PST by Battle Axe (Repent for the coming of the Lord is nigh!)
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To: girlangler

No sooner do you get back from Reelfoot than you find out you could have been et by a hog.


5 posted on 12/23/2006 4:00:34 PM PST by billhilly
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To: xcamel

I use a .45-70 when I boar hunt. For that Hog, I might have to go up to something heavier. Like an RPG or bazooka.


6 posted on 12/23/2006 4:00:38 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Sybeck1

Hey, I live in Tennessee and maybe I can use this to justify moving up to that .50 caliber handgun I've been wanting.


7 posted on 12/23/2006 4:01:12 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Sybeck1
A 600 pound Tennessee Bore

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8 posted on 12/23/2006 4:02:47 PM PST by digger48
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To: Sybeck1

Son of Hogzilla....


9 posted on 12/23/2006 4:03:18 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Sybeck1

Yum. 600 pounds of Pork Chops and Bacon! Enough to keep the muzzies away ...for a while.


10 posted on 12/23/2006 4:04:02 PM PST by Dallas59 (Islam Should Not Be Allowed In Western Countries)
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To: Sybeck1

Wow, a place where dinner walks onto your property. Sounds like heaven. Think I'll move there.


11 posted on 12/23/2006 4:04:43 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: xcamel

No, that's a 600 pound B-O-R-E.


12 posted on 12/23/2006 4:08:47 PM PST by Buck W. (If you push something hard enough, it will fall over.)
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To: PzLdr

Not to discredit your 45-70, and while not a hunter, I was thinking 450 Marlin. An attacking critter of that type is not something to mess with.


13 posted on 12/23/2006 4:08:55 PM PST by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: Sybeck1
"Cocke's nephew carved the beast into slabs of bacon and mounds of pork chops."

Let's hope he soaked those cuts in a big cooler filled with changes of ice and icecream salt until the water ran clear. Otherwise, that meat was rank!

I shot one many years ago while deer hunting in the Suwannee river bottoms. Cooking the meat stank up the house -- and you could forget about eating it...

We trap the young ones here in the Texas Piney Woods, (and treat as above) and they are good eatin'! We just shoot the big'uns...

FWIW, if you think hitting a deer messes up a vehicle, you ought to see what hitting one of these feral hogs does -- total destruction!

14 posted on 12/23/2006 4:09:31 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Buck W.; xcamel

15 posted on 12/23/2006 4:11:59 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Karl Rove isn't magnificent.)
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To: Battle Axe

Swine are one of those species that as they get older, they continue to increase in size. But swine, for the most part, do not live all that long, and it is a rare thing to see one more than three or four years old at most. Since hogs are raised primarily for the production of pork, and the ideal slaughter size is about 225 pounds, a size most swine reach before six months of age, only a percentage of females and a very few males see even their third birthday. A three-year-old sow may well be over 500 pounds, even after giving birth to five or six litters by then. A 600-pound boar, five or six years old, is not an uncommonly large animal for that age. Sometime around that point, the very large pig will die of some organ failure (heart attacks or stroke are not all that uncommon).

And very large pigs have been known to develop arthritis, go lame, and be unable to move.


16 posted on 12/23/2006 4:18:34 PM PST by alloysteel (A battle cry of the Crusaders: "Denique caelum!" (Latin, "Heaven at last!))
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To: xcamel; Buck W.
Nay.

"Boar" implies masculinity. "Barrow" would be more accurate.

17 posted on 12/23/2006 4:20:58 PM PST by labette (Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made ...)
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To: PzLdr
I use a .45-70 when I boar hunt. For that Hog, I might have to go up to something heavier. Like an RPG or bazooka.
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Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
18 posted on 12/23/2006 4:22:32 PM PST by Cheburashka ( World's only Spatula City certified spatula repair and maintenance specialist!!!)
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To: xcamel
600-pound boar:

600-pound bore, is more like it.

19 posted on 12/23/2006 4:30:07 PM PST by Albion Wilde (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. -2 Cor 3:17)
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To: Nuc1

Not to discredit your 45-70, and while not a hunter, I was thinking 450 Marlin. An attacking critter of that type is not something to mess with.

Call us crazy,,,there's people here hunt hogs with a knife.


20 posted on 12/23/2006 4:30:11 PM PST by silentreignofheroes (When the Last Two Prophets are taken there will be no Tommorrow!)
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To: Sybeck1

All over the country people and agencies complain about wild pigs, but generally won't let us common folk hunt them or charge us when they do. The best pig hunting usually isn't on public land.


21 posted on 12/23/2006 4:30:53 PM PST by umgud (I love NASCAR as much as the Democrats hate Bush)
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To: Sybeck1
Nuthin' like a Christmas BBQ!!!


22 posted on 12/23/2006 4:33:34 PM PST by GoldCountryRedneck ("Idiocy - Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers" - despair.com)
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To: TXnMA
I think that hog is what we in Louisiana call Russian Boar
Strain,,,"hair on his back",,They have Bristles that a feral
hog does not have,,,Like you ,I got one on a deer hunt many years ago,,a tad over 300lbs. ,,,yes it was "strong", Still got his "Tusk"...;0)
23 posted on 12/23/2006 4:33:44 PM PST by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: xcamel

More like 600-pound bore.


24 posted on 12/23/2006 4:37:36 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: digger48

LOL when I saw the headline I thought someone had shot Michael Moore.


25 posted on 12/23/2006 4:40:34 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: Sybeck1

What was the load on that 12 gauge? Three shots into 600 pounds wouldn't be at all certain if it were buckshot.


26 posted on 12/23/2006 4:43:28 PM PST by RightWhale (RTRA DLQS GSCW)
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To: xcamel

They probably just shot the University of Arkansas's mascot.


27 posted on 12/23/2006 4:49:33 PM PST by Recon Dad (Marine Spec Ops Dad)
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To: Sybeck1

28 posted on 12/23/2006 4:52:36 PM PST by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: PzLdr

a .338 with a good fragmentation or expanding bullet ought to suffice nicely. Say, Lapua magnum.


29 posted on 12/23/2006 4:54:59 PM PST by GSlob
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To: Nuc1

On the other hand, there are guys that hunt them with knives:

http://www.a-wild-boar-hog-hunting-florida-guide-service.com/boar-hunting-12-18-06.htm


30 posted on 12/23/2006 4:55:45 PM PST by LouD
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To: silentreignofheroes

They also use spears.


31 posted on 12/23/2006 5:07:43 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: RightWhale

I assume he used slugs or double aught buckshot.


32 posted on 12/23/2006 5:08:47 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: PzLdr
HOGZILLA
33 posted on 12/23/2006 5:14:40 PM PST by freedomlover (Sorry, a tagline occurred. The tagline has been logged.)
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To: Sybeck1
They are just moving back into areas they formally inhabited.

That of course does mean it wont be a problem for the areas where the hogs and other wildlife make a resurgence now that they have learned to adapt.
34 posted on 12/23/2006 5:23:13 PM PST by RunningWolf (2-1 Cav 1975)
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To: Sybeck1
"You can clump armadillos, alligators and fire ants together," said Gary Cook, regional manager for the Jackson office of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. "Some of those are temperature dependent. The warmer it is, the farther north they will expand their territories. Because we have had relatively warm temperatures for the past 10 years, those animals tend to expand their territories north.

What a blooming moron!

The fire ants came in on ships unloading cargo from South America...temperature had nothing to do with it. And it happened in the 50's or at least was noticed then...coulda' been earlier. They stay in their holes in cold weather just like the regular ants, but sub-freezing temps do not discourage them at all.

There were alligators in the Mississippi river back in the days of Mark Twain and who knows how long before that.

Armadillos have been slowly migrating this way for nearly a hundred years....they must have known Global Warming was coming way back then.

The "Warmist" religion requires that everything be blamed on climate change and all climate change must be blamed on humans....especially those evil capitalists.

35 posted on 12/23/2006 5:24:26 PM PST by capt. norm (Liberalism = cowardice disguised as tolerance.)
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To: Sybeck1

I've got a solution. Round them up, cart them over to Iran and other troublesome muslim areas and dump 'em on the Jihadists.

Preferably into their homes and mosques.

It might be nice to drop a few from a C-17 over Mecca with "no visible means of support," but that would be insensitive to the poor dumb animals. The hogs, I mean.


36 posted on 12/23/2006 5:30:41 PM PST by Phsstpok (Often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: doug from upland

Aim right between the eyes,sometimes they charge when wounded.


37 posted on 12/23/2006 5:38:44 PM PST by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
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To: Sybeck1

"You can clump armadillos, alligators and fire ants together"
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Sounds like a meal I had once in Louisiana.


38 posted on 12/23/2006 5:48:18 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: silentreignofheroes

There is no difference between the 45-70 and the 450 Marlin if you reload and have the right firearm. The factory 45-70's are downloaded in case they're chambered in something like an old trapdoor Springfield.

If you reload like I do, and have a modern firearm the ballistics can be exactly the same.


39 posted on 12/23/2006 7:25:12 PM PST by Shooter 2.5 (Vote a Straight Republican Ballot. Rid the country of dems. NRA)
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To: Emmett McCarthy

Ammo is important: I shot one in East Tennessee a few years back, a cross between a feral hog and a Russian boar.
Using a .44 mag,it took me three shots; I'd made the mistake of using jacketed 180-gr hollow-points, when I should have been using 240-gr solids, or cast lead semi-wadcutters.
The hollow-points just blew up on impact without penetrating.


40 posted on 12/23/2006 7:33:56 PM PST by Redbob
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To: silentreignofheroes
Call us crazy,,,there's people here hunt hogs with a knife.

My lifetime accomplishment in this area is six hogs taken with a knife, and two shot.

I have only been bitten once...

41 posted on 12/23/2006 7:38:44 PM PST by CurlyDave
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To: xcamel
600 lb Bore:


42 posted on 12/23/2006 8:00:35 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Democracy: The worst form of government, except for all the others.)
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To: CurlyDave
You have been bit only once?? Still have an arm left (I hope)

I would be interested in hearing about your take down technique.

My guess is that you have not surprised him completely, and he may be charging at you. So I am surmising that you sidestep him and go in from there.

Wolf
43 posted on 12/23/2006 8:08:34 PM PST by RunningWolf (2-1 Cav 1975)
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To: Sybeck1

Hey it happened in NY-Donald Trump was attacked this week by a 600 lb pig!


44 posted on 12/23/2006 8:09:51 PM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: Redbob
I have heard that about the larger big boned thick skulled animals and hollow point (expanding round) ammo.

But still you got him, although someone that was not as good a shot might have choked and got only one round in on the boar hog.
45 posted on 12/23/2006 8:14:06 PM PST by RunningWolf (2-1 Cav 1975)
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To: silentreignofheroes

I heard about that - hounds and a knife - when the hounds occupy the front end, you grab the hind leg,, hold on, lift and stab. They can't twist backwards.

But that takes one strong feller.

I wonder how an M1 Garand would work?


46 posted on 12/23/2006 8:16:01 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: xcamel

hahahaha- thanks for the laugh- good one http://sacredscoop.com


47 posted on 12/23/2006 8:41:11 PM PST by CottShop
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
You will need more than a CH-47 for that tub of lard ;)
48 posted on 12/23/2006 9:07:45 PM PST by RunningWolf (2-1 Cav 1975)
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To: RunningWolf
I would be interested in hearing about your take down technique.

My guess is that you have not surprised him completely, and he may be charging at you. So I am surmising that you sidestep him and go in from there.

ZULU has it right. I go with a guide, who has 3 or 4 dogs.

The dogs stop the hog, you turn him over by picking up a hind leg. The guide holds up the hind leg, and you reach under the head & grab the ear on the opposite side. Pull hard on the ear & the head will turn away from you.

Stab him in the heart.

One of the dogs is a "specialist" -- he only bites the pig in the testicles. The dog has figured out that this end doesn't bite back.

I know, it sounds like cheating compared with what you were envisioning, but it is still plenty exciting, and people get bitten all the time this way.

BTW, I have seen a lot of hogs shot. Never a 600 pounder, but plenty of 300 lb ones. A .357 will kill with the right head shot. So will a .44, either a special or a magnum. My guide carries a .243 rifle and does not feel "undergunned". A .30-30 is always good, and I have had nothing but one-shot kills with a .308. The aim point is the midpoint between the eye and the ear opening. My friend got a one-shot kill with a .54 cal muzzleloader and a round lead ball. Not exactly a powerhouse round.

49 posted on 12/23/2006 9:08:44 PM PST by CurlyDave
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To: CurlyDave
Reach under the head & grab the ear and grab the oppose ear? Cheating?? No way!! I am glad to hear about the dogs there with you (the guide too)

IMO, the dog bites there because thats where he is trained to bite, otherwise he is going in where he can ;)

Actually what I was thinking was a .308 rifle round. Lots of experience there of course, also with the .270 the .243 and then the M-16 round. (the key is presence of mind enough to get the shots in)

As far as hand guns, the real big hand held cannons were to unwieldy for me, and the .38's were not enough.

The .357 or the 1911-.45 worked good for me.

BTW I always forget the vernacular so please forgive me on that
50 posted on 12/23/2006 9:52:32 PM PST by RunningWolf (2-1 Cav 1975)
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