SAMSON, Ala. (WDHN) — An Alabama man and his dog were surprised after seeing an unexpected visitor near their home.
Wade Seago knew something was up outside of his home last week when the family’s pet schnauzer, Cruiser, started barking constantly. The Seagos live on 100 acres in the rural south Alabama town.
It’s not unusual for their dog to bark at deer, raccoons or other wild visitors.
However, this was different. As he was about to get up and check on his dog, his daughter began screaming. “I jumped up to see what was going on,” Wade explained. “I looked out the back window and saw nothing, so I ran to the front of the house where my daughter was looking out the window. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”
The dog had a huge wild hog bayed in his front yard, about 5 yards off of the front porch. “Cruiser had this huge hog confused with all of the barking and movement,” Wade continued. “It was not a good situation.”
Wade was afraid the huge hog would injure or kill the family pet so he grabbed a .38-caliber revolver that he keeps for home defense and went out on the front porch.
“By the time I got in a position to shoot, the hog was about 12 yards away,” Wade said. “Cruiser was out of my line to the hog so I fired.”
It took three shots to take him down. The giant hog hit the ground near the carport. The next day, Wade took the wild hog to Brooks Peanut Company and weighed it on the drive-thru scales. The hog tipped the scales at 820 pounds and had six-inch tusks.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that feral hogs cause more than $800 million of agricultural damage in the United States annually.
Feral hogs are considered a game animal in Alabama and have no closed season and no bag limits. This means that on private land, hunters can legally hunt hogs every day of the year with no harvest restrictions.