The giant hog killed in Alabama stirred up a lot of debate regarding whether it was farm-raised.
As we showcased in another article, there was a massive hog killed off an Alabama man's porch in early July. And by massive, we mean as big as you could possibly imagine. Just check out the photo.
However, there was a lot of debate of whether or not it was actually a wild hog. Not claiming that the man poached it or was claiming it wasn't, it's just that 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 blamed him for that.
Even the lady who claimed the pig was hers understood Seago's decision.
Trisha Garcia of Samson, Alabama, came forward saying the huge, 820-pound hog may have been the one that escaped from her pen earlier in the week.
The excerpt below comes from Alabama Outdoors' coverage on the story:
"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, we hunters know the damage they cause. Wildlife officials encourage hunters in Alabama to remove one any chance they get. They estimate that feral hogs cause more than $800 million in agricultural damages in the U.S. alone each year.
Without proof, this is all speculation, so I guess you could say the truth is still up for debate!