When this brave man heard his dog Cruiser barking at something outside his home, the last thing he expected was to find a 820-pound animal on his front lawn. His name is Seago and he is used to being surrounded by wildlife. According to the brave owner, his dog usually barks at deer or raccoons that run around the neighborhood. So, when his pooch began barking, he didn’t think much of it. At least until his daughter started screaming.
About 5 yards from his front porch stood the feral hog with tusk-like teeth approximately 6 inches long. Worried the hog may attack his dog or his family, Seago ran inside to grab his .38 caliber revolver. It took three shots before the hog finally fell. The next day, he took the animal to Brooks Peanut Company to weigh it on a drive-thru scale. He was shocked to see it weighed a massive 820 pounds.
Although he’s seen wild hogs around the area, he’s never seen one that size (see photo). The animals breed quickly and have few natural predators, so they graze on indigenous plants and destroy the natural habitat. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, hogs cause $800 million in agricultural damage each year.
Seago also said that he will stuff the hog and display its head and shoulders at his taxidermy shop. The rest of the animal was discarded as he didn’t think it was safe to eat. Seago had no regrets about his decision to shoot the hog, which he thought could have posed a threat to the safety of his family. “I didn’t think twice about taking down this hog,” he said. “I’d do it again tomorrow.”