• 200-pound wild hog shot after charging Gaston Co. residents


    GASTON COUNTY, N.C. - Gaston County police shot an aggressive 200-pound feral hog Sunday morning in Gaston County.

    Officials said the hog wandered into a neighborhood on
    Wimbledon Drive near Dallas and attacked car, a small dog and charged at people.

    A homeowner shot the hog with a .40-caliber handgun, but that only made the pig dizzy, the resident said.

    Tristan Phillips, who witnessed the incident, said the hog was foaming at the mouth and tried to attack his Yorkshire terrier.

    A Gaston County police sergeant put the hog down with a rifle, officials said.

    The sergeant who shot the animal did so because the hog was a threat to residents' safety and because it was already suffering from gunshot wounds.

    Official said the wild hog, which had long tusks, most likely wandered into the area from the woods in search of food.

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