Saturday, July 20, 2024

Hunter Attacked by Feral Pig in Lake County

A Feral Pig [Picture from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife]

First responders are converging on a rural property in Lake County after reports emerged that a hunter was attacked by a feral pig.

Scanner traffic indicates the incident occurred around 11:00 a.m. in the hills surrounding Middletown’s Langtry Farms Vineyard and Wines.

Dispatch reported the hunter’s companions were initially working to bring the patient down to the winery for treatment. However, after moving became difficult, an air ambulance was requested with the potential that a hoist would be necessary to transport the patient.

Shout out to the On the Scanner Lake County Facebook page for initially reporting the incident.

UPDATE 11:30 a.m.: Scanner traffic indicates first responders are packing the patient for transport after which they will rendezvous with the air ambulance at the Middletown Fire Station.

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.

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  1. Prayers for the injured hunter. Wild Pigs are the scariest animal I have encountered. Especially Lake County herds. Most people hunt the local meat & egg ilse consider themselves not part of the process of the killing or slaughter. But guess what…if they eat meat, they are. Hunters are more honest & sometimes get hurt out there. Us grocery store hunters take the easy way.

  2. Allow higher capacity semi-auto rifles and no one would ever have this problem. Shooting wild hogs with a bolt-action or lever-action is dangerous. Especially if there are many hogs. More rounds down range means more dead hogs. It’s as simple as that.

  3. Pig hunting is not for the inexperienced! Not knowing what the injured hunter’s experience level was, it’s a fact that pigs will hunt the hunter. Always pays to carry a side arm in holster preferably a .357 or .44 magnum. A charging boar has a limited target area when coming head on so a quickly drawn revolver could be the difference between you carrying the pig out or your hunting partners carrying you!


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Matt LaFever
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I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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