With almost 80 percent of the U.S. population living in urban or suburban areas, the average person is likely to encounter wildlife in their backyard or even in or around their house. Most people do not mind, and even enjoy having wildlife in their backyards; however, conflicts between wildlife and people do happen. So, when this brave man’s dog kept barking at something outside his house, he didn’t anticipate finding a 800-pound creature on his front lawn.
The man, Seago, told the local news outlet that he is accustomed to living among animals. Cruiser, his dog, barks at deer or raccoons that frequent the neighborhood. When Cruiser began to bark, he didn’t consider anything of it. At the very least until his daughter started wailing. “I jumped up to see what was going on,” Seago said. “I looked out the back window and saw nothing, so I ran to the front of the house where my daughter was looking out the window. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.” The fierce wild boar, with tusk-like teeth that measures roughly 6 inches long, was about 5 yards from his front porch. Seago ran inside to get his .38 caliber pistol worried the hog might harm Cruiser or his family.
“By the time I got in a position to shoot, the hog was about 12 yards away,” he said. “Cruiser was out of my line to the hog so I fired.” The boar took three shots to die. The next day, he drove the pig for a drive-thru weighing. He was surprised to discover that it weighed more than 800 pounds on the scale (SEE PHOTO). Seago is a taxidermist who occasionally hunts deer for sport. He’s never seen one of this size before, despite the fact that he lives in the same region as wild hogs. Feral hogs are a prevalent invasive species in Alabama. The creatures breed rapidly and have few natural predators, so they feed on indigenous plants and destroy natural habitat. Hogs cost the United States $800 million in agricultural damage each year, according to the USDA.
Seago said he plans to stuff the pig and display its head and shoulders at his taxidermy shop, according to The Associated Press. The rest of the animal was thrown away because he felt it posed a safety hazard. “It’s so humid down here it had to hang all night. I wouldn’t trust the meat,” he stated. The state law allows hunters to kill as many hogs as they like on private property in order to control the ever-growing hog population. However, he went on to explain that it was the decision of his father, not him. It is true that Seago had no second thoughts about shooting the hog since he believed it might be a danger to his family’s safety. “I didn’t think twice about taking down this hog,” he said. “I’d do it again tomorrow.”