The giant hog killed in Alabama stirred up a lot of debate regarding whether it was farm-raised. We might have an answer.
As we showcased in another article, there was an extremely huge hog killed in Alabama in early July, off a man’s porch. By huge, we mean enormous, gigantic, massive, all of the above. Just check out the photo. We’re talking 820 pounds big…
But, there was a lot of debate of whether it was a wild feral hog or not. Not claiming that the man poached it or was claiming it wasn’t, just the public was curious. Wade Seago shot it from his porch with a revolver in reaction to it being just feet from his porch and his dog, as told here. And no one blames him for that.
Not even the lady who is claiming that she actually thinks the giant pig was hers.
Trisha Garcia of Samson, Alabama, has come forward saying the huge 820-pound hog shot by Seago in his front yard may have been the one that escaped from their pen earlier in the week.
Once again, no one is arguing this is a hoax or that the encounter didn’t take place, just whether it was a feral hog or domestic pen kept hog.
The hog has obviously drawn incredible national interest, but Garcia’s claim could put an answer to many’s questions. Although, she really has no way of officially proving it was hers, it adds some flare to the story.
Alabama Outdoors covered the situation and the excerpt is below.
“He had every right to kill it,” Garcia said according to Alabama Outdoors. “If a hog that size was in my front yard, I’d have done the same thing.”
Also according to Alabama Outdoors, Garcia’s husband, Freddy Garcia, raises hogs on a farm across the highway from the Seago property. Freddy and a friend traded boar hogs for breeding purposes during the first week of July. The hog in question was delivered to the Garcia’s on July 6. The Garcia’s left for vacation on July 8 and were gone for a week.
Friends came by every day to feed the hogs while they were gone. On the morning of July 10, the caretakers noticed that the boar hog had dug out from under the fence and was gone.
“We were notified that our hog had escaped his pen on Monday,” Trisha said. “Then we saw on Facebook that Wade had shot a huge hog in his front yard. We didn’t know at the time it was ours.”
The huge hog Seago shot had no markings, ear tags or branding of any kind and had not been castrated. The hog also had 6-inch tushes. Trisha told AL.com that the hog pen is about a half mile from the Seago home.
Below are photos of Garcia’s farm and the fence with the hole through which they believe the hog got out.
Feral hogs are a real problem in many parts of south Alabama. And us hunters know the damage they cause. Hunters in Alabama are encouraged to remove one any chance they get. It is estimated that feral hogs cause more than $800 million in agricultural damages in the states alone each year.
“He had every right to kill it,” Trisha said. “I have no ill will toward Wade and don’t want anything from him. I just feel it was our hog that was killed.”
Without proof, this is all speculation, so I guess you can say the debate still goes on. One thing is certain though. That is one big piggy!