Wild boar killed on Marco Island, will feed homeless at St. Matt's

Authorities say they killed a 150-pound wild boar Jan. 26, 2014, on Marco Island because it was a threat to the public. They then took the dead animal to St. Matthew's House, a homeless shelter in East Naples.

Courtesy of St. Matthew’s House

Authorities say they killed a 150-pound wild boar Jan. 26, 2014, on Marco Island because it was a threat to the public. They then took the dead animal to St. Matthew's House, a homeless shelter in East Naples.

A wild boar running loose Sunday morning on Marco Island has been killed and given to St. Matthew’s House homeless shelter, according to reports.

Around 7:45 a.m., a wild boar was spotted running along the boardwalk at the Charter Club of Marco Island in the 700 block of South Collier Boulevard. The boar was heading toward the beach and creating fear among beachgoers, said Marco Island Assistant Police Chief Dave Baer.

The wild pig weighed about 150 pounds and containing it wasn’t possible, so it was killed, he said.

“That would be exceptionally danger and difficult,” Baer said, referring to trying to catch the pig.

After the animal was killed, St. Matthew’s House in East Naples was contacted to see if the homeless shelter that also operates a soup kitchen, wanted it.

The dead pig was delivered around 11:30 a.m. at the shelter, shelter spokesman Robert Burns said.

“It’s not uncommon, it has happened a handful of times,” he said, referring to donated pigs, deer or fish. “If it happens four times a year, that is a lot.”

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biomanogt writes:

Cook it THOROUGHLY! They are loaded with parasitic worms.

MasonDixon writes:

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zurich writes:

Let those who work hard to support their families continue to go hungry .

Becksperado writes:

Enjoy the wild hog feast! I imagine it will be a lot of work to butcher & clean to prep for cooking.

wentfishn writes:

in response to zurich:

Let those who work hard to support their families continue to go hungry .

?? ya lost me dude ?

wentfishn writes:

in response to Becksperado:

Enjoy the wild hog feast! I imagine it will be a lot of work to butcher & clean to prep for cooking.

Well sounds like they done it before , good eats, and its wild better for ya !

xaltd1#276012 writes:

Where on Marco Island, is there enough open range to support wild boar?

NaplesNewsJunkie writes:

in response to xaltd1#276012:

Where on Marco Island, is there enough open range to support wild boar?

They don't really need that much space. I once found at least a dozen of them living in a single abandoned warehouse. There's plenty of land for them in the northwest part of Marco Island around Tigertail Beach and the Rookery Bay Estuarine Reserve.

Upwiththebirds writes:

Lately, it seems as though people around here think that if you're scared of something, you should shoot it...

orangeade writes:

in response to Upwiththebirds:

Lately, it seems as though people around here think that if you're scared of something, you should shoot it...

Wild boars can be dangerous and are harmful to native wildlife. There is nothing wrong with killing this type of nuisance animal. The idea that wildlife can and should be allowed to roam in residential areas only causes trouble. I used to live in the northeast and the idea that people should have to learn to live with deer and other forest creatures running amok has led to countless auto accidents, an explosion of Lyme disease, devastated landscaping, rabies cases and worst of all an overpopulation of starving animals as they have no predators. I've seen what well-meaning people can do to an ecosystem and trust me, you don't want to see that happen here.

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