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Rare Russian Boar Becomes Mass. Road Kill

This was no ordinary road kill.

State police say a 200-pound Russian wild boar was euthanized after being struck by a vehicle on Route 2 in Lancaster this week.

That was a big surprise to state wildlife experts. While some wild boars are known to live in northern New England, they say there is and never has been a native population of feral swine in Massachusetts.

Chester Hall, a hunter from Royalston, told the Telegram & Gazette that he was offered the carcass to use for coyote bait. He described the animal as having a hump on its back and a long snout, saying it resembled a "werewolf."

Click to see a picture of the wild boar.
"I went to pick up a wild pig and there was a full-blown Russian boar," he told the newspaper.

Hall says a wild boar can be "nasty and aggressive" in the wild, adding that he'd rather meet a 500-pound bear in the woods than a wild boar.

Instead of using it as bait, Hall told the newspaper he will make steaks, pork chops and sausages from the carcass.

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