Wild boar killed on Marco Island, will feed homeless at St. Matt's

Authorities say they killed a 150-pound wild boar Jan. 26, 2014, on Marco Island because it was a threat to the public. They then took the dead animal to St. Matthew's House, a homeless shelter in East Naples.

Courtesy of St. Matthew’s House

Authorities say they killed a 150-pound wild boar Jan. 26, 2014, on Marco Island because it was a threat to the public. They then took the dead animal to St. Matthew's House, a homeless shelter in East Naples.

A wild boar running loose Sunday morning on Marco Island has been killed and given to St. Matthew’s House homeless shelter, according to reports.

Around 7:45 a.m., a wild boar was spotted running along the boardwalk at the Charter Club of Marco Island in the 700 block of South Collier Boulevard. The boar was heading toward the beach and creating fear among beachgoers, said Marco Island Assistant Police Chief Dave Baer.

The wild pig weighed about 150 pounds and containing it wasn’t possible, so it was killed, he said.

“That would be exceptionally danger and difficult,” Baer said, referring to trying to catch the pig.

After the animal was killed, St. Matthew’s House in East Naples was contacted to see if the homeless shelter that also operates a soup kitchen, wanted it.

The dead pig was delivered around 11:30 a.m. at the shelter, shelter spokesman Robert Burns said.

“It’s not uncommon, it has happened a handful of times,” he said, referring to donated pigs, deer or fish. “If it happens four times a year, that is a lot.”

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CopWatch writes:

So out of fear a Marco Island pig had to kill a wild pig because they had neither the courage nor the brains to contain it for safe release. Yup, MIPD making Barney Fife look better by the day!

tikihut2206 writes:

in response to CopWatch:

So out of fear a Marco Island pig had to kill a wild pig because they had neither the courage nor the brains to contain it for safe release. Yup, MIPD making Barney Fife look better by the day!

Copwatch
so agree I guess MIPD have no other reason to fire their guns but to kill a pig that they could of caught and brought to safety..really did people on the beach..and were people on the beach it is chilly there...fear for their lives..I really want an investigation down on this..know it wont happen but as a tax payer I deserve one as do you....

RayPray writes:

"The boar was heading toward the beach and creating fear"

>>> Why was this incident not treated as a likely terrorist threat?

>>> Why did Chief Bear fail to deploy our Marco SWAT Team & Bradley Fighting Vehicle against such a raging swine?

>>> Did anyone think to wake up Don Hunter?

marco826 writes:

Boaring!...

marco97 writes:

Next time call Ted Naftal Jr. He would catch it and put it in the back of his truck unharmed, he's done it before.

Konfuzius writes:

MIPD out of control!

26yearsonmarco writes:

Feeding the homeless????

What about the homeless and starving Muslims????

WMissow writes:

Konfungus,

I thought from your earlier posts regarding the eagles that you had a strong propensity for the harming or killing of natures creatures when it involved mere enjoyment or momentary pleasure.

WMissow writes:

in response to Fegelein:

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Even with lipstick the pig would win hands up!

Tom_Massie writes:

At least the pig will serve some meaningful use.

Tom Sr.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to Fegelein:

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A new record. Two days on this blog and immediately removed.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to Fegelein:

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SS General Fegelein want the MIPD officer killed the wild pig punished with $ 10 000!

"Felony Animal Cruelty - § 828.12(2)
Felony animal cruelty in Florida is a general intent crime. See Reynolds v. State, 842 So. 2d 46 (Florida 2002) (Affirming Reynolds v. State, 784 So. 2d 589 (Fla. 1st DCA 2001), overruling State v. Simbach, 742 So. 2d 365 (Fla. 2nd DCA 1999)).
§ 828.12(2) provides:
(2) A person who intentionally commits an act to any animal which results in the cruel death, or excessive or
repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering, or causes the same to be done, is guilty of a felony of the third
degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $ 10,000, or both."

That means Chief Hunter has to pay $ 10 000! by the opinion of SS General Fegelein.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to RayPray:

"The boar was heading toward the beach and creating fear"

>>> Why was this incident not treated as a likely terrorist threat?

>>> Why did Chief Bear fail to deploy our Marco SWAT Team & Bradley Fighting Vehicle against such a raging swine?

>>> Did anyone think to wake up Don Hunter?

SWAT was busy with a drunken husband not at home announced he has weapon of mass destruction!

MrBreeze writes:

They should have took him alive. How about a tranquilizer gun? MIPD looking bad again.

Northerner writes:

in response to MrBreeze:

They should have took him alive. How about a tranquilizer gun? MIPD looking bad again.

Breeze, I agree 100%. There are many humane ways to capture the animal alive. Mr Baer, what is wrong with you, shooting animals, shame on you!! What the hell are you doing firing guns near people anyway. I would be far more fearful of getting shot than a wild boar running around. Not too long ago I saw a panther in the brush near tigertail beach. Better shoot it Mr Baer, before it instills fear in beachgoers. All citizens of MI, don't let your pets get loose they might get shot...MIPD is unable to capture them alive. MIPD=Marco Inhumane Police Dept.

26yearsonmarco writes:

I guess nobody cares about the starving Muslims.

However, we should consider burying the remains on Marco so Muslims will never build a temple here.

MrBreeze writes:

Northerner, I Agree totally. I think the picture is awfull also of the dead animal. This kind of behavior is what leads people to lose respect for Law Enforcement as they show themselves in the wrong perspective to the public.

Then on the flip side, they wonder why the general public have lost respect for Law Enforcement.

Next, they try to flip again to make this a positive to give the animal to a "homeless shelter" in the good of all.

I could see this, the cook at the shelter gets this wild boar drop off. What do I do with this? Who processed the boar? Did they just throw him in the pot? No way. I am no hunter or outdoorsman, but I wonder how much actual meat was claimed out of the boar?

I think the whole thing looks bad on MIPD. They should have called the right agency that handles this type of animal, not just start shooting. It sends a bad message, and shows lack of skills, management, and respect during this event.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to WMissow:

Konfungus,

I thought from your earlier posts regarding the eagles that you had a strong propensity for the harming or killing of natures creatures when it involved mere enjoyment or momentary pleasure.

Can you show me this post liar!

CopWatch writes:

This little pig ate donuts,

This little pig is gay,

This little pig moonlights,

This little pig doesn’t earn its pay.

This little pig went ...

Wee, wee, wee, all over his pants!

(boaraphopia causes this)

1Paradiselost writes:

in response to Konfuzius:

Can you show me this post liar!

Klabautermann..... Just check you posts on line!

jmar2 writes:

Excuse me, people. Do you really need to have such disdain for our police force? They're our neighbors and they're just trying to do their jobs. It seems like razzing on them has become a MI Olympic sport. Wild boar are dangerous, and can easily kill even an adult.

Your femoral artery is easily within reach of their tusks. Imagine the force of a charging 150 pound boar. You think the picture of the pig is upsetting? What would you say if that was a picture of a person who had been gored?

Were there perhaps better ways? Maybe. There were certainly options. But there were also frightened people demanding immediate action.

And as for the comment on feeding Muslims, I am positive the good people at the shelter provide alternatives whenever they serve pork. If you really want to help, donate your next boatload of fish.

CopWatch writes:

Respect is not given....its earned..

Konfuzius writes:

"They're our neighbors and they're just trying to do their jobs"

Is one of them living on Marco Island?

Which job?

Konfuzius writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

Klabautermann..... Just check you posts on line!

????????????????????????????????
Are you mixed up with your different blogger names?????????????????????????????

Tom_Massie writes:

in response to Konfuzius:

????????????????????????????????
Are you mixed up with your different blogger names?????????????????????????????

I too remember your post of December 31, 2013 which disturbed me as much as many other people. This was the actual post

December 31, 2013
5:44 p.m.
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Written on Letter to the Editor: Refrain from fireworks, for bald eagles’ sake:

"Remember everyone will know those who are involved because it will be public record. Not a smart move, by any means, to make."

What's that? Tom_Massie is an opinion blackmailer. Nothing else. Make noise and fire skyrockets you will be member of public records.
"Not a smart move, by any means, to make."

However fire skyrockets and make noise. A new year is arriving. 2014!!! Welcome!!!!

Happy New Year!

Northerner writes:

jmar-So the MIPD shooting animals is all part of thier job, really, you sure about that? Bald eagles have been known to attack humans, should they be shot. There is no justification whatsoever, for killing this animal! Were there people near it about to be "gored by it's tusks" If that was the case, would the police fire a gun and take a chance on killing a human. How upsetting would that picture be? There are wild animals that wander into residential neighborhoods everyday that "frighten people" and the police are not out shooting them!! This is wrong on so many levels. What kind of message does this send to our youth or anyone for that matter.

Tom_Massie writes:

I am wondering if the police officer who did the shooting has been given a "psychological exam". Too easy to let a shooting go by and let it go at that. I now that I am not in charge of the police, but I would be rather safe than sorry, later.

It is too easy to say that he was just doing his job. Pulling one's gun and taking the life of an animal which could have very possibly been watched carefully, then shot with a drug dart, would have not only be humane but would showed the public that life is precious, even for a wild pig.

The food factor was just and afterthought and to some a weak justification.

Too many police officers are too ready to pull their weapons just to show some kind of virility level. "Hey look what I shot today!"

The opportunity was there to show some respect for life but not taken.

CopWatch writes:

N & T_M - good comments.

FYI - After Baers' pig shot the helpless boar another of Baers' pigs quit. Does that tell you something about the MIPD culture?

Konfuzius writes:

in response to Tom_Massie:

I too remember your post of December 31, 2013 which disturbed me as much as many other people. This was the actual post

December 31, 2013
5:44 p.m.
Suggest removal
Reply to this post

Written on Letter to the Editor: Refrain from fireworks, for bald eagles’ sake:

"Remember everyone will know those who are involved because it will be public record. Not a smart move, by any means, to make."

What's that? Tom_Massie is an opinion blackmailer. Nothing else. Make noise and fire skyrockets you will be member of public records.
"Not a smart move, by any means, to make."

However fire skyrockets and make noise. A new year is arriving. 2014!!! Welcome!!!!

Happy New Year!

1. What has this to do with the pig?
2. I do not believe that the eagles are scared about a little beach firework!
3. Yes! Your post was a blackmail. Nothing else. You threaten people with public records if they fire some firework.
4.Your post is double moral. As I came to Marco Island 1971 first time their were 20 and more eagle nesting on the island. Who takes care of them? But we know today, the eagles go south and their grand-birds are still alive. But Grand-bird parents had no lobby at all.
5. Today some people are afraid about a high school at the property Tract K. I do not believe that their concerns to avoid it are the eagles. They are concerned about their property.
6. In the past nobody takes care if money was involved. Today America is one of the leader in natural preserve of the environment. Unfortunately not in international climate control. But hopefully GREAT President Barack Obama will change that.

No Sir.I did not like your post in December. I do not like it today. I believe my mind is much better and hurt nobody not even eagles. And I enjoyed the firework in Godland. It was fantastic.

Tom_Massie writes:

"Around 7:45 a.m., a wild boar was spotted running along the boardwalk at the Charter Club of Marco Island in the 700 block of South Collier Boulevard. The boar was heading toward the beach and creating fear among beachgoers, said Marco Island Assistant Police Chief Dave Baer."

Does this mean that anything that "creates fear" rational or irrational fear should be shot and killed?

That statement, in no way, shows justification of a police officer to pull his weapon and shoot. Was the animal attacking or running and trying to escape in fear?

Baer should know better and should know that there are other means to capture an animal. If he doesn't, why is he in the position he is in?

I do not believe that any Marco resident wants someone who may too easy at the trigger finger, anywhere around here!

Konfuzius writes:

in response to Tom_Massie:

"Around 7:45 a.m., a wild boar was spotted running along the boardwalk at the Charter Club of Marco Island in the 700 block of South Collier Boulevard. The boar was heading toward the beach and creating fear among beachgoers, said Marco Island Assistant Police Chief Dave Baer."

Does this mean that anything that "creates fear" rational or irrational fear should be shot and killed?

That statement, in no way, shows justification of a police officer to pull his weapon and shoot. Was the animal attacking or running and trying to escape in fear?

Baer should know better and should know that there are other means to capture an animal. If he doesn't, why is he in the position he is in?

I do not believe that any Marco resident wants someone who may too easy at the trigger finger, anywhere around here!

I like this post very much, Sir1

CopWatch writes:

Ample documentation exists of wild pig-human encounters. However, the likelihood of a human being impacted by a hog/vehicle collision or disease risk—while still low is greater than an actual physical attack by a wild pig. Where the rare wild pig attack occurs, it is usually during a hunting scenario where dogs are used to bay or corner a pig in a spot and the pig “runs through” the associated hunters standing nearby. Occasionally, humans inadvertently walk between a sow and her litter and the sow reacts to protect her young. Totally unprovoked attacks outside of these two scenarios are rare. Given a choice, wild pigs usually flee rather than fight.

Tom_Massie writes:

That is just what the poor creature may have been doing. Trying to get away from the dangerous guy with the gun, ready to kill.

Now who was creating fear?

Tom Sr.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to Tom_Massie:

That is just what the poor creature may have been doing. Trying to get away from the dangerous guy with the gun, ready to kill.

Now who was creating fear?

Tom Sr.

I like your imagination. But the story is much more sad. A little pig was separated from his family. The wild pig herd. Looking for his family. No contact anymore. Than a big water. Went in. Swam to another island. Packed with houses. Came to a beach. Happy to see water. Believed I can do it. And than.......

.....it turned to a police problem.

" Trying to get away from the dangerous guy with the gun, ready to kill."
But no mercy. Peng - done - food for the poor.

Another MIPD scandal.

2themoon writes:

Put a big tent over Marco and sell tix at the Jolley bridge...what a joke this city is

tikihut2206 writes:

in response to Northerner:

jmar-So the MIPD shooting animals is all part of thier job, really, you sure about that? Bald eagles have been known to attack humans, should they be shot. There is no justification whatsoever, for killing this animal! Were there people near it about to be "gored by it's tusks" If that was the case, would the police fire a gun and take a chance on killing a human. How upsetting would that picture be? There are wild animals that wander into residential neighborhoods everyday that "frighten people" and the police are not out shooting them!! This is wrong on so many levels. What kind of message does this send to our youth or anyone for that matter.

Northerner,
so agree with you I am an animal lover...there other ways to capture a wild animal that's not hurting anyone..really beach on Marco in January so many people there...they had to kill this poor animal..I am so disgusted with the MIPD...I actually agree with certain people I don't always agree Fife...only time to fire there guns really..again, as a tax payer on this beautiful island..I want an investigation..no bull just the truth!!!!!

tikihut2206 writes:

really don't think I have ever been so mad about the killing of the boar...makes me sick..ok council person who emailed me...explain that....

tikihut2206 writes:

does anyone know who the hell is LEHonig via marco news.com...is this person employed by the paper or what...they emailed me about my posts...want to know..come on fellow posters let me know!!!!

marco826 writes:

The truth is that officials knew this animal was roaming around more than a full day before it was killed. Plenty of time for Animal Control experts to remove it safely. Instead, they paint a picture of a monster suddenly coming out of nowhere to terrorize Marco Island Beach goers. A total fabrication to justify shooting this animal and yes, the picture by the Marco/Naples News is pathetic. Boar meat tastes awful by the way.

Tom_Massie writes:

If Baer shot this animal, and the above posts are true, then the city must take the gun away from a man who should not have a gun given to him in the first place.

Come on city....do the right thing!

CopWatch writes:

Folks - cops are quitting in protest of MIPD inept command.

Ever wave at a cop, try to strike up a conversation, ask a question only to be ignored. That type of arrogance and lack of sense of community starts at the top and works its way down.

Take pity on the boar because if the "pigs" are allowed to continue you might be next.

READY, FIRE, AIM!

exasperation writes:

I love the way the misinformed are so irritated with the killing of a wild boar but you don't even know who one of your city councilors is. You might want to listen to what he has to say since he appears to be having second thoughts about some of his fellow concilors antics which is not good for any of us. Sacher for sure. Is he still chummy with Dwayn Thomas?? Did Thomas do some work for him for his support?? Worth looking into. Wake up people and see what is going on on our Island. What is the magic number of officers that have quit MIPD since the great hunter took control?? The cost for constant retraining and re-equiping personnel? Anyone who lost that many employees in such a short time should be investigated for incompetence at the least. Time for an overhaul of the head people at the pd.

CopWatch writes:

The level of peer disdain inside the MIPD is appalling. The boar killer probably got off pretending it was one of their own. Hatred is rampant within the department. Does that explain why everyday folks are but a burr under their bovine saddle?

Konfuzius writes:

in response to CopWatch:

The level of peer disdain inside the MIPD is appalling. The boar killer probably got off pretending it was one of their own. Hatred is rampant within the department. Does that explain why everyday folks are but a burr under their bovine saddle?

My goodness. If that is the truth who will clean MIPD? City Council is in charge.

CopWatch writes:

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CopWatch writes:

in response to Fegelein:

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I just brought this up and my comment was deleted.

tikihut2206 writes:

OK, MIPD, there are over 50 comments about the boar killing...time for an investigation....know it wont happen but it should..don't you have an Internal Investigation Bureau..if not you should...certainly have enough police..would like to know...how many Captains, Lts, Sgts..Patrol...detective bureau etc..let me know fellow commenters....

tikihut2206 writes:

Please Marco Eagle remove that photo..it is very disturbing..no need for that..it is a small town newspaper..no one wants to see a dead animal...

1Paradiselost writes:

There are 3 Bobcats on the island. What will MIPD do about them?

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