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5/30/07-Tyler

East Texans Want To Know Is 1,051 Pound Wild Hog Real

It's a story that has drawn national attention, both good and bad.  Tuesday, KLTV told you about an 11 year old boy from Alabama who shot and killed a 1,051 pound Feral Hog and posted a picture on the Internet.   Like the rest of the country, many of you e-mailed us with questions asking, is the hog real?

Jesse Wade of Wade's Taxidermy in Whitehouse has seen animals of all sizes, including an almost 500 pound wild boar. He says he's even heard of a man in Teague, Texas who shot and killed a 1,000 pound hog three years ago.  

"I think they could get that big," said Jesse Wade of Wade's Taxidermy. "According to my deer hunters, yeah I think so because they are seeing them as big as a cow." To other people, like Ron Asbill of Circle C Farm and Ranch Supply in Bullard, the 11 year old boy must be telling a hog tale.

"People come in here and buy corn for hogs to trap them, and nobody comes in here and talks about something this size, so it's hard for me to believe that it's real," said Ron Asbill of Circle C Farm and Ranch Supply.  It's a story that is hard for those that study wild animals to believe as well.

"I'd say someone is very clever with a camera," said Texas Parks & Wildlife Biologist David Sierra.  "The maximum that I've seen out there and we have captured is just over 400 pounds, and that's an extremely large hog."

Jamison Stone, the 11-year-old Alabama boy who killed the wild hog says its been ground into sausage. He received the skull of the hog Tuesday, and among the criticism and skepticism, Stone emphasized on Fox News Wednesday, the hog and pictures are real.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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