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Origin Revealed: ‘Monster Pig’ Was Farm-Raised

Four days before an 11-year-old hunter at an Alabama private game reserve shot it multiple times with a .50 caliber handgun, the now-famous swine dubbed ‘Monster Pig’ lived quietly on a Southern farm and was known by another name—Fred.

The facts behind the origin of the alleged 1,050-pound hog that has been the rage of TV morning shows and Internet blogs in recent weeks were revealed yesterday by Alabama Department of Wildlife and Fisheries officials, who were investigating the circumstances behind the now-infamous hunt.Hogzilla

The huge hog gained worldwide attention after it was killed by 11-year-old Jamison Stone, who hunted with his father, Mike Stone, and two guides inside a 150-acre fenced area at the Lost Creek Plantation. Reports today say the big boar was fired upon 16 times by Stone, who struck the animal nearly a half-dozen times during the three-hour hunt.

Alabama authorities this week launched an investigation to determine where the hog came from and whether the hunt took place in compliance with the state’s fair chase regulations.

Bran Strickland, sports reporter for the Anniston (Ala.) Star, writes today that state game authorities determined that Rhonda and Phil Blissitt sold the enormous hog to the hunting operation on April 29, only four days before the “hunt” took place.

Mrs. Blissitt told the Anniston reporter that “Fred” was a gift from her husband and that the gentle swine used to play with her grandchildren.

“I didn’t want to stir up anything,” Mrs. Blissitt said. “I just wanted the truth to be told. That wasn’t a wild pig.”

Allan Andress, enforcement chief for the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, said because the hog was determined not to be feral, its sale and transportation do not violate the state’s feral swine trapping and relocating regulations.

The determination also eliminates any possibility of the animal being considered as a potential record wild hog.

“If it went down in the record book, it would be deceiving, and we’d know that for the rest of our lives,” said Phil Blissitt.

Stay tuned. I’ve got a feeling this tale is far from finished.

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PBurns

This has just turned downright ugly, and now it's a story that is *really* bad for hunting.

A while back, after a similar debacle involving Country Music Star Troy Gentry and a pet bear, I wrote a blog piece appropriately entitled "Hunting and Fishing Like Adults" noting that we who love to hunt and fish need to distance ourselves from the lunatic "wannabes" and adolescents out there. See >> http://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2006/08/hunting-and-fishing-like-adults_18.html


Patrick

ken conrad

I officially take back my previous comment about the big pig.

Steve

Please give me a break. This was a feral hog. Farm raised pigs DO NOT EVER look like this and any pig farmer will tell you that. It is a known fact that a farm-raised pig stops looking like a farm-raised pig very shortly after becoming feral. Their appearance changes radically. Their hair grows coarser, their snouts change and their tusks grow larger. I have been around farm-raised pigs quite alot and I have never seen one that looked like this. It may have been born and raised on a farm but it became feral while it was there. You look at the pictures and you are seeing a classic feral pig but exceptionally large.

JR

Sorry Steve: ( AKA: Mr. feral hog expert) But you're wrong on this one. The facts prove otherwise.

Devin

that is a wild hog I've been around farm hogs that is not one

Rhonda Shearer

Did you read the latest on the Monster hog debacle? The 12 year old and the hunters were brought in front of a grand jury last week. ESPN Outdoors published this piece simultaneously with http://www.StinkyJournalism.org Go to

http://www.stinkyjournalism.org/latest-journalism-news-updates-123.php

DYV_Researcher

MONSTER PIG UPDATE:
For those who are interested in the story, here's an update as of May 3, 2008

"In January, a Clay County grand jury was to decide if the Monster Pig hunters committed animal cruelty. The public never heard that the District Attorney who was to prosecute the case suddenly canceled .

Now in April, another surprise. National Geographic UK film crew is in Alabama filming "Anatomy of a Hoax" about the monster hog killing. With all the unexpected twists and turns in this case, what else should the public know? Fred the pig may be dead but the consequences of his killing continue.

This monster pig case is not about hunting or hunters in general. It is isolated to the actions of only 3 men. The laws should have been able to deal with these three men, yet has not.

Hunters' silence regarding this incident may appear to the public, who are mostly non hunters, as condoning the manner in which Fred was slaughtered.

With enforcement, the issue goes away. It then becomes only 3 men that did this wrong---not an entire hunting culture.

For all of the above reasons, I believe hunters should lead the charge on recommending enforcement and defining right from wrong.

Another way of thinking about this case is its ability to educate the public about what ethical hunting traditions are about.

I would have never taken my son out to kill his first deer without my firm belief in the healthy and wholesome values such an experience brings to a young man or woman in one's charge.

These men have twisted this fine tradition into something unreal,ugly and pornographic. I personally will not stand for this case to represent --or hijack--the traditions I have endorsed, personally
participated in and exposed my children to."

Rhonda Roland Shearer, StinkyJournalism.com

For the rest of the story and some background information, please check out:
Alabama's Monster Pig Hoax, One Year Later
http://www.stinkyjournalism.org/latest-journalism-news-updates-129.php

Also published simultaneously on ESPN
http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/hunting/news/story?id=3378412