Great Photos: That Wild Boar was Where? **

18 February 2009: Jan found these photos on the following site: http://www.naturetours.com.tr/approches/approches.htm These photos are real – but the ‘big boy’ was killed in Turkey.

Jan says: “I don’t think they’re doctored (being in graphics for a long time). They’re shot at angles that make the boar appear bigger.”   Thanks again, Jan!

13 Febuary 2009: Dr. Dave notified me that these photos have been doctored. Keeping with my promise to keep stuff up, even if it showed me to be in error (as long as it did not harm others), here are the photos.

You can read the comments below and decide for yourself!

 

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1800 Pounds of Ugly!

 

Get a load of what was running wild in Turkey! (error: said North Louisiana!)

I Doubt a Mom Could Love THAT Face!I Doubt a Mom Could Love THAT Face!

Why the glum faces, guys? You got him before he could run off all the tourists!

This guy brings new meaning to the word, "Porky!"This guy brings new meaning to the word, “Porky!”

If you saw more than 1,800 lb. of wild boar coming at you, what would you do?

Run for dear life?

Climb a tree?

or

Become a muddy splat in the road?

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This is the poster boy for ‘saying your prayers’ at night!

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MDH sent this a few minutes ago. Thanks!

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Published in: on January 19, 2009 at 5:03 pm  Comments (12)  
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  1. That pic has been Photoshoped, 100%. The shadows on the boar are all wrong, compared to whats on the truck. The weeds in the other pics would be record size, along with the boar. Last but not lease, the fellows head is a different size, comparing to the boars ear. I’ve seen a better 1500 lb WhiteTail.

  2. Thanks for the info….I should have known it was too good to be true! I’ll put a disclaimer on the top line.

    Thanks again for having such a sharp eye!

    –Marylouise

  3. http://www.naturetours.com.tr/nature_eng.html

    I couldn’t believe this was a “U.S.” boar. Traced it until I found the site it was posted on. Link to the site above. If you go to their gallery, you can find the photos you have posted. I don’t think they’re doctored (being in graphics for a long time). They’re shot at angles that make the boar appear bigger.

    Thought you’d like to know, it seems as if this boar were shot in Turkey.

  4. http://www.naturetours.com.tr/approches/approches.htm

  5. Dear Jan —
    Thanks so very much. I try to be accurate with the items I post and was stunned when told the photos were “doctored.”

    Also “thanks” for the site addy; folks can check for themselves.

    Best wishes,
    Marylouise

  6. Nice pig that is a beauty eh us in canada don’t see those running around in the bush eh haha

  7. Could we import a few to you? This is a local story (January 2009) and they estimate that Texas — alone — has 2 million!
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    Feral hog makes mess of man’s yard

    Thursday, January 22, 2009

    By TJ Aulds / The Daily News

    TEXAS CITY — Irvin Rollins has a big problem with his yard. Make that a pig problem.

    Irvin Rollins is upset by the damage feral pigs have caused to the front yard of his Texas City home.

    The west Texas City resident claims that at least one very large feral hog has turned his yard into, well, a pigpen. His grass has been replaced by huge divots from the latest attack.
    “I’m frustrated,” Rollins said. “I’ve called animal control, and they’ve told me they ain’t in the business of getting rid of hogs. I’m at my wit’s end.”

    Rollins said he called the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and got little help. He called the police, who referred him to animal control.

    After the second dinner rush on his lawn, Rollins bought feed for the hogs, but tainted it with stuff he thought would scare them away.

    They came back for more.

    “I’ve gone to feed stores figuring they would know somebody to call to get rid of the hog and they called back and told me if I ever find out how to get rid of them to let them know,” he said.

    Rollins isn’t sure whether his yard was attacked by one hog or a herd. He has been unable to see his nemesis up close.
    “My neighbors said they saw one that was huge — bigger than (a) desk,” Rollins said. “He’s quick. I try to get out and see him, but as soon as the door makes a noise, he’s gone.”

    Feral hogs are a problem not just in west Texas City, but practically everywhere in the state. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials estimate the state’s feral hog population tops 2 million.

    “The increase in population and distribution is due in part to intentional releases, improved habitat, increased wildlife management and improved animal husbandry such as disease eradication, limited natural predators and high reproductive potential,” Texas wildlife biologist Rick Taylor wrote in a 2003 report on the feral hog problem.

    Taylor describes feral hogs as opportunistic feeders, meaning their diet is based on availability. They eat everything from grass to insects. They will eat live mammals and birds if the opportunity arises.

    Apparently, Rollins’ yard on Williams Drive has become a buffet of sorts. Three times in the past couple of months, in the early morning, a hog or group of hogs dined on what is in and under his lawn. The late-night dinner visits are a recent happening for Rollins, who has lived in his house for 35 years. Until two months ago, he had never had a hog problem.

    While there are 10 more houses on Rollins’ block, the hogs seem interested only in his yard.

    “I’ve told my neighbors that if they hear a gun go off, don’t worry — it’s just me shooting at the hog,” Rollins said. “I don’t want to go to jail for shooting a gun in the city limits, but I don’t know what else to do.”

    Help may be on the way.

    George Fuller, the head of Texas City’s office of community development, has had some experience in dealing with feral hogs. When hogs were tearing up the Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery on Interstate 45 last year, Fuller put together a hog eradication team and “fixed the problem.”

    “We will look into it and see if we can solve the problem,” Fuller said. “If we have a problem, I am sure we can find a way to get it solved.”

    How?

    Fuller wouldn’t say without checking into Rollins’ situation.

    Taylor’s report suggests trapping the animal. However, biologists do not suggest taking them someplace to roam free.

    “Feral hogs are prolific breeders and can cause considerable damage,” Taylor wrote in his report. “They can destroy habitat, and compete directly or indirectly with all other species of wildlife.”

    A search of Web sites found that many “experts” suggest the only good feral hog is a dead one.

    Dead or alive, Rollins doesn’t care. He just wants his yard back and the hogs gone.

  8. 1 of the photos are photo shopped that would be picture #3 the animals body was elongated to seem larger this is visible by the interference to the megapixels in the photo on the boars rib cage!
    Photo #2 puts the boar in focus close up and people far back in the back ground the people are out of focus!
    Picture #1 Puts the boar on a slight hill and in focus and the hunter far in the back ground down the hill making the boar to appear much larger than it actually is! That boar is probably only 350 to 400 pounds! max! I know Im an avid wild boar hunter!

  9. I agree, pic # 3 has been “photo shopped”. the give away was that the hog weighed 1800lb LOL! feral hog’s on average are less than 300lb, but I saw one several years back on a country road that ran out in front of me that must have weighed 450lb-500lb. Hogs, simply put, do NOT reach the size of 1800lb ( no wheres near that size ) Most of the hogs that we trap are small to around the 125lb-250lb tops! 1800lb,Dead give away joke…lol !

  10. Dear Justin,

    Please go to — http://www.naturetours.com.tr/approches/approches.htm
    This seems to be a wild boar hunting site. The feral pigs were shot in Turkey, not the US.

    I agree with you — feral pigs are not that large in the US. What do you think of their photos?

    Marylouise

  11. 100% photoshoped.

  12. […] Feral Pigs in Texas — 2 Million Strong and Increasing! There’s been considerable interest in this 1800 lb. feral pig shot in Turkey (See my previous story: “Great Photos: That Wild Boar was Where?”) […]


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