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Wild boar captured in residential neighborhood in Loma Linda

December 16, 2009 |  5:33 pm
A wild boar that reportedly chased people and smashed into a wrought-iron fence in Loma Linda today was captured and will have to be euthanized, officials said.

The boar was spotted roaming a residential neighborhood today about 8 a.m. and was finally corralled and sedated by animal control officers, who summoned state Department of Fish and Game officials.

"People don't understand how strong animals are. This one was amazing," said Mike McBride, an assistant chief in the department. "It was 200 pounds of pure muscle."

McBride said his agency was told by local authorities that the boar had chased people. The animal, described as dark with a long snout, also charged into a wrought-iron fence and damaged it, according to McBride.

"This thing was a handful," he said. "You would not want to be in the direction of this charging pig."

It took officials several hours to corner the animal and capture it in the backyard of a home in the 11500 block of Cedar Way, not far from Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Given the animal's aggressive nature and the fact that it made its way into a residential area, McBride said, officials have no choice but to euthanize it.

"We're used to seeing a lot of things," he said. "But even for us, this was something else."

-- Robert J. Lopez

Map: Neighborhood where the boar was captured.

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