Florida Police Officers Shoot, Kill 200-pound Wild Boar

PINELLAS PARK, Fla., Oct. 19 (UPI) — Police in Pinellas Park, Florida, said they shot and killed a 200-pound wild boar after the animal was spotted near a local church festival.

Officers fatally shot the large animal Sunday evening after determining the boar posed a potential threat to residents and motorists, the Saint Petersburg Times reported.

The decision came after animal control officers and a Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Tampa Bay representative failed to subdue the animal, police said in a release.

Following the shooting near a Sacred Heart Catholic Church festival, the boar was taken to an SPCA site for disposal.

The Times said Sunday’s shooting marked the second time in six months that a wild boar posed a public threat in Pinellas County, Fla.

The latest incident comes months after a woman in St. Petersburg was attacked by a huge wild boar.

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