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Deputies Flee, Then Shoot Charging Wild Pig

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BRANT TOWNSHIP (WWJ/AP) – Authorities in Michigan were forced to shoot and kill a 300-pound wild pig outside a home about 90 miles northwest of Detroit. Saginaw County Sheriff’s Sgt. Randy Pfau tells The Saginaw News for a story Wednesday that it took two rounds from a 12-gauge shotgun to bring down the pig.

The homeowner called deputies after seeing the pig rooting up his lawn Tuesday evening.

Pfau says the pig had tusks coming out “of the side of its mouth” and as deputies moved closer the animal charged. He says “they had to retreat back to the patrol car as the pig was chasing them.”

Pfau says the pig “did not hesitate” after getting shot once and continued chasing the deputies before it was killed.

Meantime, Michigan lawmakers have been debating how to deal with the wild swine that are causing problems by threatening farms in the state. Republican Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge said he is working on legislation that would  ban ownership of the animals and declare them an invasive species.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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