Pigs ! Stop ! … is exactly what I yelled since I was not driving.
However, from here the details diverge a bit. Ellen (my wife and partner) published her hog images here; Passing By Photo.
To quote Ellen “There wasn’t a safe place to pull over”. While technically true…there is actually no place to pull over. This is right outside of a wildlife area, there is the road and a ditch on either side. This is out in the boonies! These days I also let the car come to a stop (or close enough) before rolling out so it was all good.
One last comment on the diverging articles. My partner & wife was concerned about a car/truck coming up the road behind us. However, this road starts at a country Shrimping pier then through marshlands and finally leads here.
I am walking out into a group of 12 wild hogs with just a camera, she is watching the rear view mirror. Did I mention we have been married for 30 years…probably didn’t have too.
The hogs were on the road side and in the brush. I was able to count twelve but they were spinning around and squealing so it’s a guess as much as anything.
In the images above you can see the different types of fur and hide. The bristle back on the far left hog most likely points to a male and the Russian Boar heritage.
These wild hogs are a mix of animals originally brought here by the Spanish explorer De Soto in the 1500’s and Russian Boar released for hunting in the late 1800’s . So now we have approximately 150,000 FrankenPigs roaming around the ACE Basin.
I did not see any big male Boars with this group. Last week we saw a group that were all just about babies.
Light was about gone and I was using the worst possible lens for this. I’m glad I could get these. I was able to move and get a decent angle but the open car door was my friend. I kept close in case one of them got angry.
And for the end here….
I don’t trust wild hogs to begin with. A Boar has mean tusks.
But they were kind of preoccupied. The only reason they ran was because I did the basic 101 bone head move, slammed the car door.
Ellen was not amused but much more gracious than I would have been.