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Wild boar is captured in Loma Linda neighborhood

The animal reportedly chased people and damaged a wrought-iron fence before being caught in the backyard of a home. California Department of Fish and Game officials say it will be euthanized.

December 17, 2009|By Robert J. Lopez

A wild boar that reportedly chased people and smashed into a wrought-iron fence in Loma Linda on Wednesday was captured and will have to be euthanized, officials said.

The boar was spotted roaming a residential neighborhood about 8 a.m. and was finally corralled and sedated by animal control officers, who summoned state Department of Fish and Game officials.

"People don't understand how strong animals are. This one was amazing" said Mike McBride, an assistant chief in the department.

McBride said his agency was told by local authorities that the boar had chased people. The animal, described as dark with a long snout, also charged into a wrought-iron fence and damaged it, he said.

"This thing was a handful," he said. "You would not want to be in the direction of this charging pig."

It took officials several hours to corner the animal and capture it in the backyard of a home in the 11500 block of Cedar Way. Given its aggressive nature, McBride said, officials have no choice but to euthanize it. "We're used to seeing a lot of things," he said. "But even for us, this was something else."

robert.lopez@latimes.com

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