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THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2007

Officials investigating how ‘Monster Pig’ got into hunting preserve

BIRMINGHAM (AP)— State wildlife officials said Wednesday they are investigating how a huge hog dubbed “Monster Pig” got into a fenced hunting preserve where it was chased down and shot to death by an 11-year-old boy.

The young hunter is not accused of doing anything illegal, but the head enforcement officer for Alabama’s wildlife agency said agents are trying to determine if anyone broke a state law prohibiting the transportation and release of live feral swine.

“There are some questions about where the animal came from, how he got there, how long he’d been there,” said Allan Andress, enforcement chief for the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division.

Andress said officials also will review whether the hunt — which occurred with two guides in a 150-acre fenced area at a hunting plantation in East Alabama — complied with the state’s “fair chase” law, which requires that prey at such locations have a reasonable chance of escape.

“The fact that there’s a fence around it may or may not have an impact,” said Andress.

Violations of the transportation law are misdemeanors punishable by a $500 fine and
three months in jail, Andress said. Penalties for violating the fair chase law range up to $5,000 in fines and one month in jail, according to the state wildlife Web site.

Eddy Borden, the owner of the spread where the hunt occurred, declined comment on how the hog got into the 150-acre area where it was killed last month by Jamison Stone of Pickensville.

Borden said he was getting tired of questions about the hog, which Jamison’s father said weighed 1,051 pounds and measured 9 feet, 4 inches, from the tip of its snout to the base of its tail. The kill drew international attention from media reports after Jamison’s father put up a Web site with photos of the dead hog.

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