Maine officials try to solve wild boar mystery


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.

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