Tuesday, March 11, 2014
A state biologist says a wild boar killed in Somerset County in November did not have rabies or any of the swine viruses domestic pig owners worry about.
Where the boar came from, however, remains unknown.
"It's kind of a mystery, still," Kendall Marden, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said Monday. "Nobody has any answers."
The boar was shot and killed by a hunter the day after Thanksgiving when the animal attacked and killed a domestic pig in Mercer, near the Norridgewock town line.
Game Warden Josh Bubier, who gave hunter Shawn Lambert, of Norridgewock, permission to shoot the animal, said state officials made contacts as far away as New Hampshire, where there is a private hunting preserve, but could not find a link to the razorback.
Bubier said the wild boar had not been castrated and had no markings, tags or tattoos on the ears, mouth and lips indicating it had been raised commercially for a farm or a hunting preserve.
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