And a trophy he got.
Hogzilla was a massive male hybrid of a domestic pig and a wild hog, with a reported length of 12-feet and varying accounts of his weight, ranging from 800 pounds to more than half a ton. He was killed in 2004 in Georgia, according to The Associated Press, NBC News reported.
When what could have very well been his younger, whole-hog brother strolled up to an avid hunter and professional taxidermist’s house and threatened the safety of the family dog, there was only one thing to do.
Wade Seago, the owner of a taxidermy business in Samson, Alabama, knew something was wrong when his pet schnauzer, Cruiser, started barking up a storm. The animal was known to bark from time to time, but something seemed different.
Seago was about to investigate what had Cruiser so worked up when his daughter began to scream.
“I jumped up to see what was going on,” Seago told AL.com. “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.”
Five yards from the front porch was hundreds of pounds of porcine confusion, and things were not looking good.
Cruiser, the poor dog, was making matters worse.
“Cruiser had this huge hog confused with all of the barking and movement,” Seago said. “It was not a good situation.”
Hogs are very dangerous animals, especially at that size, and Seago knew what he had to do.
He grabbed the .38 revolver he uses for home defense and he opened fire as soon as Cruiser was out of the line of sight. The hog was reportedly 12 yards away by that time, but with such a massive target, Seago wasn’t about to miss.
He shot once, then again, and then again before it went down.
Maybe he should upgrade to a magnum cartridge.
The next day, he took the carcass to a nearby peanut company to see just how much the beast weighed, Fox News reports.
It came in at a mind-blowing 820 pounds.
Unfortunately, he was unable to preserve the meat for consumption, but he does plan on having the hog’s head framed — which he’ll be doing himself, of course.
Reflecting on the incident, Seago has no regrets.
“I didn’t think twice about taking down this hog,” Seago said. “I’d do it again tomorrow.”
And he could, legally speaking. Hogs are responsible for millions of dollars in damage annually, and in Alabama, there’s no closed season on hogs and there are no bag limits.
He might just get another one.
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