Maine officials try to solve wild boar mystery

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MERCER (AP) — Maine wildlife officials say a wild boar shot by a hunter in Somerset County did not have rabies or any swine viruses that could endanger domestic pigs, but still have no idea where the animal came from.

Kendall Marden, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, told the Morning Sentinel “nobody has any answers.”

The boar was shot and killed by a hunter the day after Thanksgiving when the animal attacked and killed a domestic pig in Mercer.

Game Warden Josh Bubier said state officials have contacted private hunting preserves in New England to find its origin with no luck.

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Bubier said the boar had not been castrated and had no markings, tags or tattoos indicating it had been raised commercially.

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