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Saturday, February 18, 2012

The last door

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We last visited this door at night.

* Several years ago Allie and I were sitting on the porch enjoying the quiet, night air. Allie, in her usual, calm manner, pointed and said, "what's that in the street?" It was some kind of animal neither of us could identify. It was dark, maybe black, squat, and broad. It was shorter than a big dog and bigger than a full grown raccoon. It wasn't running and it wasn't walking, but it was moving. It had a somewhat animatronic gait (think Jumanji). It was one of those things that even as you stare at it, you don't know what you're seeing. As it started to pass under the street light, I said "get in the house." I still don't know what it was, and it seems unlikely one would be in the city, but now I wonder if it was a feral pig.

Posted by Marie at February 18, 2012 10:31 PM

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maybe someone's potbellied pig had escaped.

Posted by: Jpmatth Author Profile Page at February 19, 2012 2:46 PM

Yes, that is probably more like it.

Posted by: Marie Author Profile Page at February 19, 2012 8:06 PM

According to the Minnesota DNR there are no feral pig/swine populations known to exist in Minnesota. I would swear that they used to be considered "unprotected animals" if seen in the wild and could be shot on sight(in fact, encouraged to be shot on sight), but the DNR now says to notify the local conservation officer.

I know that the thought of feral pigs running around inspires more hate than any other animal among the farmers I know. They tolerate deer, but they would never tolerate wild pigs. Anybody up here who was found to be deliberately releasing them into the wild for any reason would have a very tough time legally, and that might be the least of his problems.

Posted by: Dave E. Author Profile Page at February 26, 2012 3:06 PM

That is very interesting, Dave. It makes me wonder if there was an "incident" that caused the DNR to change their status.

Posted by: Marie Author Profile Page at February 26, 2012 3:44 PM

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