Giant Wild Boar Shot in Conroe, Texas?

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Giant Wild Boar - Image #1

1800 lb wild boar
Netlore Archive: Emailed photos of a gigantic, "1,800-pound" wild boar allegedly shot and killed by a radiology technician in Conroe, Texas (or Potosi, Missouri, or King's Point, Sun City Center, Florida, depending on version).. Viral image

Description: Viral images
Circulating since: March 2009
Status: False / Mislabeled
Analysis: See last page


Example #1:
Email contributed by Lorilee C., March 19, 2009:

Over 1800 lb. wild boar shot and killed in Conroe, Texas near the County Airport, East of I-45 and near the community of Cut and Shoot. Killed by a medical Radiology worker...What would you do if this beast was coming at you? Run for dear life? Climb a tree? or simply get run over?


Example #2:
Email contributed by Cathy M., Nov. 18, 2010:

A Texas Pig

BBQ Ribs anyone?

Cute little Texas pig ...That was killed in the town of Cut-N-Shoot TX. We call them Piney Wood Rooter's.

There was a documentary on about a month ago about these things growing up so rapidly in the US . They're all over Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, Florida, and other states. You ever wonder what happens to those people that just leave home and disappear but their car is found out on a dirt road? Between bigfoot and these monsters, I think we know!

This was killed by a Medical Radiology worker...What would you do if this beast was coming at you? Run for dear life? Climb a tree? Or simply get run over?

Over 1,800 lb. Wild boar shot and killed in Conroe, Texas near the County Airport, East of I-45 and near the community of Cut and Shoot..

Yep......only in Texas! We were taught to stand still because their eye sight is poor. By standing still they probably would not see you and walk right on by. And No you can't out run them!! Look at how tall the grass and weed's are. How fast do you think you would be running thru that? I don't know about Ya'll but I'm a fat slow joker that would fall flat on my face after a few step's.

Porkchop, anyone ?


Example #3:
Email contributed by Marv B., Aug. 27, 2011:

Fwd: In Missouri

And they wonder why most Missourians are armed? I rest my case. Pork-Chops - Anyone?

Cute little Missouri pig ...That was killed in the town of Potosi , Mo. We call them Piney Wood Rooter's. There was a documentary on about a month ago about these PIGS Growing up rapidly in the US . They're all over Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida and other states. Did you ever wonder what happens to those people that just leave home and disappear but their car is found out on a dirt road? Between bigfoot and these monsters, I think we know! This one was killed by a Medical Radiology worker... What would you do if this beast was coming at you? Run for dear life? Climb a tree? Or simply get run over?

Over 1,800 lb. Wild boar shot and killed in Potosi, Missouri near the County airport, Hwy 8 east and near the community of Mineral Point

Yep......only in Missouri ! We were told to stand still because their eye sight is poor. By standing still they probably would not see you and walk Right on by. And NO you can't outrun them!!

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Giant Wild Boar - Image #2

Via forwarded email

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Giant Wild Boar - Image #3

Via forwarded email

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Giant Wild Boar - Analysis

Was an 1,800-pound feral hog killed in Texas? No. The images (#1, #2, #3) are mislabeled.

The earliest version of the caption, dated March 2009, claimed the monster boar was bagged in Texas. An August 2011 version said it was shot in Missouri. Yet another version claimed it was killed in Florida. The truth of the matter is that these photos weren't taken anywhere on the North American continent.

According to a March 3, 2009 article in the Conroe Courier, no 1,800-pound wild boar has ever been seen near Conroe, Texas — let alone hunted, bagged, and photographed for posterity. Your average Texan feral hog weighs in at approximately 150 pounds, says a Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden quoted in the Courier. An exceptionally large one might tip the scales at 300. It's rare to find a wild boar exceeding 400 pounds anywhere in the United States.

In point of fact, it's doubtful there's a wild boar anywhere in the world that weighs 1,800 pounds. There have been reports of domestic hogs approaching or exceeding that size, but the largest documented specimens in the wild have topped out at 1,100 pounds or less.

Citing a report in a French hunting magazine, the Courier reveals that the boar in these pictures was actually a 781-pounder killed in Turkey in 2005 (the EXIF data embedded in the images confirms the photos were snapped on June 3 of that year). One visual clue — the "Nature Tours" logo on the side of a vehicle in one of the photos — indeed points to a Turkish hunting website on which the same images are displayed.

See also:
• Giant Razorback Hog (800 Lbs., 8 Ft. Long)

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Sources and further reading:

Rumors of Giant Hog Turn Out to Be Bull
Conroe Courier, 3 March 2009

Nature Tours Turkey
Website of Turkish hunting tour company

Wild Boar (Sus Scrofa)
General info from Animal Diversity Web

Last updated: 07/09/15