Boar-n to be wild

Hunter be­comes hunted when wild pig es­capes dogs, at­tacks

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

A ROU­TINE evening of hunt­ing with his mate turned into a night one man will never for­get.

A black and white, 100kg-plus wild boar broke free from hunt­ing dogs and grabbed onto the man’s hand, and flesh and bone were no match for the jaws of the boar.

Af­ter two surg­eries, the man is still fight­ing to save his thumb and the use of his hand.

RACQ CareF­light Res­cue crew was called to fly the man from Eidsvold Med­i­cal Cen­tre to Bund­aberg for surgery.

Wayne Spar­row Nor­mally the boars will use their tusks to rip but if they bite they can hang on and not let go

AWILD boar has vi­ciously at­tacked a man, al­most tak­ing off his hand.

Ricki Krause was hunt­ing near Eidsvold on Thurs­day morn­ing when his dogs trapped a 100kg-plus hog.

But as Mr Krause neared the beast, it tossed the dogs aside and at­tacked his arm.

The pig latched onto Mr Krause’s hand and pul­verised flesh and bone un­til he broke free and killed the an­i­mal.

Mr Krause’s mother, Bev Krause, said it was lucky her son was hunt­ing with his best mate Ray­mond Blucher.

“Luck­ily Ray­mond was with him be­cause I don’t think he would have been able to get to the doc­tor on his own,” Mrs Krause said.

The bite caused mul­ti­ple frac­tures to Mr Krause’s hand and se­vere in­juries to his thumb.

An RACQ CareF­light Res­cue crew was called to fly Mr Krause from Eidsvold Med­i­cal Cen­tre to Bund­aberg.

A spokes­woman for the emer­gency ser­vice said in ad­di­tion to the frac­tures in his hand, the man suf­fered se­vere tis­sue dam­age in his thumb.

Se­nior Parks and Wildlife Ranger Wayne Spar­row said feral pigs were an­i­mals that could be in­cred­i­bly vi­cious.

“And when they are cor­nered they will lash out in an un­pre­dictable man­ner,” Mr Spar­row said.

“Nor­mally the boars will use their tusks to rip, but if they bite they can hang on and not let go.”

Mrs Krause said her son had been to surgery for the in­juries.

“They are wait­ing to see if there will be any in­fec­tion from the bite of the pig,” she said.

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