A German hunter paid for his passion for hunting wild boar with his life. The boar he shot killed the hunter instead.
Together with a party of his hunting buddies, a 50-year-old German licensed hunter and owner of a large hunting lease went to shoot a killer boar that had caused trouble in the area. The hunter found the killer boar and shot it dead. Or so he thought.
Conflicting reports about the incident leave it open whether the boar was actually hit or just got away after a miss. In any case, the experienced hunter followed the boar immediately into some dense reeds to finish the job without backup from his friends.
Nevertheless, this tragic case did not exactly follow the book. When the hunter did not re-appear from the reeds and no follow-up shot rang out, the hunting party went to look for their friend in the reeds. They found him, face down, in a large puddle of mud. He apparently had fallen into the puddle of muddy water and drowned in the muck. There was no trace of the killer boar.
The hunter had suffered only minor injuries to his lower extremities that would not be life-threatening under normal circumstances. He had only cuts and lacerations on his knees and thighs.
This incident teaches us, aspiring boar hunters and seasoned pros alike, that there is always a chance that things do not go as intended and the quarry actually comes out on top. Leaving the hunter behind in the dust, so to speak.
Because of the inherent danger of the use of firearms in populated areas, most countries make hunter safety and game management a prerequisite for a hunting license. Though American hunters often moan and belly ache about the hunter education course they must pass before they can receive a hunting license, the American hunter ed course is child’s play compared to tests in Germany and other European countries. It takes months to complete the courses of not only firearm safety but also basic wildlife biology, game management, environmental care, and many requirements, often of a legalistic nature, related to hunting.
However, even the best of all classes and the most thorough preparations cannot prevent tragic accidents. After all, wild animals are not only wild and hard to control but also act in totally unpredictable ways when cornered or hurt. No hunter ought to underestimate that ever-present danger. In our case, that turned a male boar into a killer boar in an instant. He fled into the reeds and, once there, turned on the hunter in a surprise attack that injured his knee and legs.
Urban boar searching for food (Minden Pictures)
And this is my beef with UTube and the likes. Many of their videos are staged and make it seem as if wild boar where a joke and not to be taken seriously. Boar that normally flee the human presence turn killer boar in an instant and without warning.
Wild animals under stress, a threat to their life is the ultimate stress, toss out all rules and makes them absolutely unpredictable. Even domestic animals are subject to this pattern.
This is the reason hunters should always have a second shot in the chamber and never pursue a wounded animal on their own. They need backup when possible unless the circumstances make it absolutely impossible to get help.
Do not believe UTube videos that show ‘courageous’ boar hunters grab a boar by his ears and hold it down or twist his tail. You are asking for trouble if you follow that foolish video. It was most likely taken featuring a ‘tame’ boar.
UTube videos that make an animal seem more dangerous than it normally would be are equally damaging. Why?
More wild denizens of the forests, woods, and grasslands near cities decide to react to the loss of their habitat by moving in with city dwelling humans. The populations of wild foxes, boar, rabbits, deer, elks, and other wildlife traditionally only found in their natural habitats is ever-increasing in cities all over Europe. Today, there are more fox dens in Berlin proper than in the nearby woods.
Urban fox on patrol in his city (Reuters)
This is not much different with coyotes in the United States. They also find safety, food, and the protection given them by large cities much to their liking.
In the process of the urbanization of wild animals, they often lose their inherent fear of humans. On the other hand, they are still wild animals despite their urban environment. You must expect them to revert back to their wild instincts when they perceive one of your actions a thread.
Cornered or pushed to the extreme, their wild nature will break through and the human may find himself at the receiving end.
Therefore, don’t believe UTube videos. Always be ready for the worst while hunting or during a peaceful stroll in your local park on a Sunday afternoon. Death in the muddy muck is only the next big puddle way.
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