BIRMINGHAM, Ala. State wildlife officials said Wednesday
they want to know how the huge hog dubbed "Monster Pig'' got into
a fenced hunting preserve where it was chased down and shot to
death by an 11-year-old boy.
The young hunter is not accused of doing anything illegal, but
the head enforcement officer for Alabama's wildlife agency said
agents are trying to determine if anyone broke a state law
prohibiting the transportation and release of live feral swine.
"There are some questions about where the animal came from, how
he got there, how long he'd been there,'' said Allan Andress,
enforcement chief for the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries
Andress said officials also will review whether the hunt
complied with the state's "fair chase'' law, which requires that
prey at hunting plantations have a reasonable chance of escape.
Eddy Borden, the owner of the spread where the hunt occurred,
declined comment on how the hog got into the 150-acre fenced-in
area where it was killed last month by Jamison Stone of
Borden said he was getting tired of questions about the hog,
which Jamison's father said weighed 1,051 pounds and measured 9
feet, 4 inches from the tip of its snout to the base of its tail.
The kill drew international attention.
"I didn't ask for the publicity. I just want it to all go
away,'' said Borden, whose Lost Creek Plantation is located in east
Keith O'Neal, one of the guides who accompanied Jamison and
father Mike Stone on the paid hunt, said he was unsure if the super
swine was placed in the enclosure or grew up in it.
Jamison was hunting with his father and the guides on May 3 when
he killed the giant pig. He said he shot the huge animal eight
times with a .50-caliber revolver and chased it for three hours
through hilly woods before finishing it off with a point-blank
Mike Stone said neither he nor his son did anything wrong.
"It's an 11-year-old boy who went hunting,'' said Mike Stone.
"He was enjoying all the attention at first, but it's all getting
Andress said there is nothing illegal about a child hunting in