Saginaw County, Michigan, sheriff’s deputies opened fire on a feral hog that charged them at a residence in Brant Township last week.
“The deputy shot the pig with the issued 12-gauge shotgun,” said Saginaw County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Randy Pfau. “The pig did not hesitate. At that time it continued to chase… and then it took a second shot to put the pig down.”
The pig, which deputies estimated weighed about 300 pounds, had “tusks that come out the side of its mouth.”
Pfau said deputies responded to a home, where the homeowner “observed the pig rooting up the property and causing a lot of lawn damage.”
“As they were assessing the pig and its nature, to see if it was a feral pig… they got closer to the pig and the pig really charged them,” Pfau said. “And one of the two deputies that was there shot and killed the pig.”
“We’ve never had one sighted or killed in Saginaw County, that’s been reported to us anyway,” said Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Mary Dettloff.
“Shoot first, ask questions later is sort of our stance on swine running at large,” she said.