Some Pigs! (Open Thread)

Some feral swine I encountered while out photographing wildlife several months back:

They are surprisingly cute when they aren’t charging at you through razor-sharp scrub palms. Open thread!

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    J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Feral Swine is the name of my Ted Nugent tribute band.

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    Aleta says:

    Did you or your family ever have one charge you?

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    Hmmmm, magical animals!

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    Am I the only one who thought that this going to be a post about Rs?

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    chris says:

    Expected a picture of the legislature.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Aleta: There are few things more terrifying in nature than emerging from some scrub brush and realizing you are in the middle of a rutting field for feral hogs.

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    aimai says:

    Why are pigs so cute?

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    debit says:

    @schrodingers_cat: It’s what I was expecting.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @aimai: And why do they taste so damn good?

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    opiejeanne says:

    They look kind of large, the adults do. The little ones are cute but I would only photograph them with a long lens. I will admit to cowardice in this instance.

    Are these ex-domestic animals? Gotten loose several generations ago? or are these a native pig? Silly question, are pigs even native to this continent?

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    opiejeanne says:

    @aimai: They look like some of my Ozarks cousins, but it’s not so cute on the humans.

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    My roof is being worked on, with noisy machines, footsteps, and shoveling. My critters HATE it.

    I find the corrupt doings of the Republicans in Congress (We’re gonna make you Dems give up on Dreamers or little sick kids, hahaha!) and their guy in the White House disgusting. This is one of those days when I just stare in disbelief at the monitor.

    I guess I should not expect anything from myself today, although I am managing to read the Simpson testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. Slowly.

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    Anyone else watch the Fat Albert movie here?

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    Spanky says:

    @Gin & Tonic: IIRC, genetically, they’re the closest mammals to humans. Just sayin’.

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    frosty fred says:

    @opiejeanne: Pigs are not native to this continent; closest thing would be the peccary of the southwest. Feral pigs are a problem in many areas because they’re highly destructive.

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    Emerald says:

    Pigs are intelligent and emotional. If I were not a spineless coward I would never eat another slice of bacon.

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    satby says:

    And NPR (damn them) is repeating the administration “Schumer shutdown” line without any context about how the Republicans control all branches and can’t keep the crazies in their own party under control.

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    JPL says:

    This has probably been posted before but I’m posting again in case you missed it. The feral pigs are cuter.
    I read the article and checked the facebook page, and yes they are using Trump’s picture with Stormy.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    @Spanky: Can’t be bothered to google, etc., but I thought chimps were the closest DNA-wise to humans.

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    jharp says:

    Those don’t look very feral to me and I used to be in the hog business.

    Those look like decent meat type hogs.

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    bemused says:

    Ad nauseum.
    Frank Lutz is interviewing trump voters this evening, same group he interviewed a year ago.
    I have this fear this will be repeated by lazy media year after year.

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    @satby: I saw the best name for it on Twitter:


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    Spanky says:

    @Jerzy Russian: Maybe they’re tasty too!

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    Corner Stone says:

    @jharp: Joni Ernst? Is that you?

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    chris says:

    I know today is all about the shutdown and the porn star but I’d like to go back a little earlier in the week before I forget in the next installment of the horror show.

    Dementia seems to run in the female side of my family. So far it’s taken my grandmother in the 90s and then her daughter, my mother, three years ago. I have five sisters so we’re… interested. One of my sisters is an academic and she’s been studying dementia for the last fifteen years so of course we’ve been talking about the shitgibbon. She sent me this gentle reminder today:

    …Mom’s Moca showed only ‘subtle impairment’ in executive functions 2008 when she wasn’t able to pick up the phone and book a flight home, or call a cab, and when she didn’t recognize you the first time you visited despite spending the day with you…and five years later she still tested as mild AD on MMSE…


    I remember the day Mom didn’t recognise me, her firstborn. I hadn’t seen her in almost a year but still… Five years after that my mother was a very loopy and sometimes dangerous little woman in a locked ward in a nursing home.

    Tests don’t mean much.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Spanky: You spank the monkey. You don’t eat it.

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    MattF says:

    I’d be wary about the ‘cuteness’ of pigs. They get big, and they’re smart– And then, like their human cousins, they’re not so cute. And here are some words about pygmy or ‘teacup’ pigs. In a word, Don’t.

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    HeleninEire says:

    Some pigs are drunk in Dublin. Not me.

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    rikyrah says:

    More Evidence of a Connection Between Russia and Cambridge Analytica
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    January 19, 2018


    That is all by way of background for this news:

    The data firm whose work for Donald Trump’s campaign attracted the interest of Robert Mueller’s investigators recently filed paperwork showing it had helped spread negative information about Qatar, the Gulf nation targeted by the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates in a bitter propaganda battle.

    The parent company of Cambridge Analytica filed documents with the U.S. Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Unit disclosing $333,000 in payments by the UAE for a 2017 social media campaign linking the Qataris to terrorism.

    Granted, it’s possible that Russia didn’t facilitate the UAE’s decision to contract with Cambridge Analytica. But it’s clear that the company founded by right wing billionaire Robert Mercer is the global go-to firm (see: Brexit) for spreading exactly the kind of fake news Russia promulgated in the U.S. during the 2016 campaign.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @frosty fred: Oh yes, there were feral pigs in the SF bay area, in one particularly expensive district. They were notorious for uprooting a lot of very expensive landscaping. There was a comic strip in the SF Chronicle the name of which escapes me right now, that would do a feature on the feral pigs every now and then.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Aleta: Not since I was a kid, but yes, I have been chased by wild pigs, and it’s pretty scary!

    RE: the photo above: I was at a pond in a wooded area hoping to photograph some wood storks I’d seen earlier when this herd of hogs came crashing through the bushes and descended on the pond. It was pretty cool. I’d guess there were at least a dozen or so. I was far enough away not to be scared; knew I could get back to my truck quicker than they could get to me!

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    raven says:

    @Betty Cracker: There is a reason people carry rifles in their gun racks out in the boonies.

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    gene108 says:

    On the “I didn’t think I had it in me anymore” front, I grew a beard over the week of Christmas to New Years.

    I was thinking of shaving it. Then my mom tells me she doesn’t like it.

    And I am not going to let my mom be the boss of me anymore, so I decided to keep it.

    I thought I got that out of my system, sometime, when I was in college. But damn the instincts of 16 year old me are still strong.

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    kindness says:

    What no pics of Stormy Daniels with feral pigs?

    Oh yeah. There are shots of her with the Donald all over the web.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    I’ve never read all of Dickens’ American Notes (keep promising myself I will one of these days) but in the part I did read, I remember him complaining about the pigs running wild through Manhattan.

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    trollhattan says:

    A yuge feral pig population remains in the Santa Cruz mountains and yeah, a couple could invade a nice yard in say, Woodside and create a lot of havoc. They’re an invasive species but far smarter than any efforts to get rid of them. You’d think the booming mountain lion population would reduce them but deer and pets are much easier prey.

    HST’s autobiography includes a period he lived there and hunted them.

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    pinacacci says:

    There was a very social feral pig who used to run along my neighbor’s fence and get the dogs chasing him, and then he’d turn around and run the other way along the fence; he loved to rile up those dogs…It was definitely on purpose. Then my neighbor got mad at the pig rooting up her grass and had him shot and presumably eaten. The end.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @trollhattan: I want to say that these pigs were in the Noe Valley, which makes no sense to me. The city tried repeatedly to round them up but could never get them all.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @pinacacci: Poor Piggy-wig.

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    JPL says:

    @kindness: Link at 20… She’s going to be at a strip joint in SC and they are using the don picture to advertise.

    He’s a pig so it’s not off topic.

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    kindness says:

    @opiejeanne: Farley by Phil Frank. Sadly he died. Fun strip it was.

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    woodrowfan says:

    none of my students knew what “feral” meant today. (discussing cattle industry and longhorns in the late 19th century.)

    I am always amazed at what college students do not know…

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    Back in 1991 my family went down to Florida for the Christmas holidays. We wound up driving around on the back roads, as our habit, and came upon a bar and Grill doing a benefit for some young girl with cancer. Out of the back a couple of guys were cooking a barbecue and all manner of pork. I asked them where they got it, they told me they had shot it down by the river . It was delicious

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    Ruckus says:

    Guess I was lucky. Parents never mentioned my beard, one way or another. They had decades and either it never made an impression, they liked it or didn’t give a shit. I’m going with one or three. No, going with three, way back then I only trimmed it once a year.

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    woodrowfan says:

    @Spanky: that’d be a surprise to the other apes. ;)

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    SFAW says:


    Am I the only one who thought that this going to be a post about Rs?

    Me too. That’s scary, I think?

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    SFAW says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym:

    I remember him complaining about the pigs running wild through Manhattan.

    How prescient was that? I don’t think Fred’s father had even come here yet. (And it would have been Queens, anyway.)

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    woodrowfan says:

    @gene108: had mine 30+ years. My Mom did not like it, my girlfriend at the time did. Then I met my wife and she likes it. that’s all that matters to me.

    Overheard an 80-something friend ask my wife what it was like kissing a man with a beard because she never had.
    Wife: It’s nice.
    80YO: Can I kiss him to see?
    Wife. No.

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    trollhattan says:

    Which is crazy. Wildlife corridors in and out of San Francisco are, shall we say, lacking.

    Am told a raccoon family lives in the storm drains near my office and pop out at the sidewalk every evening to go do their raccoon thing. This is in the densest part of downtown and they just don’t care. Maybe they’re honey badgers?

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    joel hanes says:


    Pigs are intelligent and emotional.

    This is true.
    However, unlike cows, sheep, and horses, they’re not very good company, even when well-kept.
    Do not, for example, seriously injure a leg and crawl bleeding through a hog lot on the way for help.
    And do not light-heartedy undertake to corner feral swine.
    It’s no joke that before firearms, hunting boar was considered more dangerous than bear.

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    trollhattan says:

    @joel hanes:
    A moment of respect for Wu’s pigs on “Deadwood”–cleaning up the town one murder victim at a time.

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    daverave says:

    Trump now calling for a 4 week funding extension so that he can get away

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    joel hanes says:


    genetically, they’re the closest mammals to humans.

    I know what you’re saying, but it’s utterly false.
    Pigs have some _metabolic_ and _physiological_ similarities to humans,
    because they and we are adaptable, opportunistic omnivores:
    so a digestive tract shorter than an herbivore, but longer than an obligate carnivore.

    The remaining animals most genetically similar to humans, in decreasing order of similarity, are
    – the two (other) species of chimpanzee (humans being one of the three)
    – the gorillas
    – ourangoutangs
    – gibbons

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    Sab says:

    @opiejeanne: Haven’t there been pigs running around loose in Florida since the Spanish brought them over in the late sixteenth century? There were European pigs in Florida before there were Brits in Virginia or New England.

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    daverave says:


    Here in East Sac I had a sewer raccoon latrine in my backyard for several months. It took a lot of countermeasures to get them to move on.

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    joel hanes says:


    There was a comic strip in the SF Chronicle the name of which escapes me right now, that would do a feature on the feral pigs every now and then.


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    raven says:

    @daverave: My brother in LA had two fucking on his front lawn at Christmas

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    joel hanes says:


    Was expecting a picture of Elaine Chao

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    Faithful Lurker says:

    Someone told me that pigs and bears are closely related. Is that true?

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    BellyCat says:

    @gene108: Hilarious!

    I did the same and my MIL (whom I love) also launched into me. Like a good SIL, I obeyed her. :-)

    Actually, I came to realize that having a “face garden” was a) sort of uncomfortable, and b) required too much daily/weekly work to keep clean and maintain.

    I’m impressed with the guys who carry them off (seemingly) so effortlessly. One of them did advise that the secret is “beard oil”. I asked him if 10w30 would suffice and he was not amused.

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    Steeplejack says:


    A month or two ago one of Chris Matthews’s guests used the word feral, and Matthews said, “What kind of animal is that?” I think he thought it was something like feline, ovine or vulpine. The conversation was moving pretty quickly, so it didn’t lead to an uncomfortable moment, just got skipped over.

    ETA: This reminds me that last night on MSNBC I heard one of the pundits refer to the “shutdown brouha.” Ugh.

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    woodrowfan says:

    @Faithful Lurker: only by marriage

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    Jager says:

    Took my climber grandson to Pinnacle National Park (Thanks Obama!) we were walking back from an afternoon of him climbing and me belaying and a huge feral hog walked right by us. The ranger told us that there is a sizable population in the park and they were escapees from area ranches and farms. She remarked that if any of them get to be a big problem in the camp grounds, they hunt them down and the staff has a pig roast. Said they are very tasty.

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    Baud says:

    @Steeplejack: Be thankful that misogynist didn’t know or he would have cracked a Hillary joke.

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    raven says:

    That being said, feral domestic pigs start to take on the physical characteristics of wild boars after just one or two generations of being in the wild. Once they take on this wild appearance, it is hard to distinguish them from a pure Sus scrofa. Also, wild boars and feral pigs breed readily and create offspring that are nearly identical to wild boars, making them even more difficult to tell apart. In truth, considering their high level of hybridization and similar appearance, there’s not much difference between feral pigs and wild boars. Even scientists have a hard time identifying these animals without analyzing them at the molecular level.

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    joel hanes says:

    @Faithful Lurker:

    Depends on what you mean by “closely”
    They’re both mammals, so there’s that.

    But I sure wouldn’t say they were close.

    It’s been a looong time since cloven-hoofed animals and carnivore-clawed animals shared a common ancestor — and the bears have been distinct in the Carnivora since shortly after that time.
    IIRC, pigs are closer to whales than to bears.

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    joel hanes says:


    Used to be that the proprietor of Teske’s Germania in downtown San Jose could occasionally get and prepare wild boar in the traditional German manner. They are, as you say, very tasty.

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    chris says:

    @joel hanes:

    Do not, for example, seriously injure a leg and crawl bleeding through a hog lot on the way for help.

    Indeed. On the hog farms blood meal is mixed into their food to keep them from killing and eating each other.

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    daverave says:


    We were just at Pinnacles the first week of the month for a few days. Beautiful environment. We saw a lot of raccoons, especially in the campground, and some evidence of pigs, too. There are many ranches in the mountains in that area that have been set up with hunting clubs for pigs. They get YUGE!

    Also I must say that Pinnacles maybe should have stayed a National Monument. IMHO, it does not have the basic facilities such as trailhead parking to accommodate its new higher profile. They do run a shuttle but only Saturday/Sundays in the winter. It must be a clstrfk at the most popular seasons particularly for wildflowers. NP status tends to bring in both US and particularly international visitors that may have given it a pass in the past.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Cheryl Rofer:

    My roof is being worked on, with noisy machines, footsteps, and shoveling. My critters HATE it.

    My attic is being invaded by squirrels, with noisy scratching, nut burying, and what sounds like raw animal passion. My wife and I HATE it.

    I sometimes throw the cat up there to chase them off. It used to work well, but not anymore. We are convinced that they have become friends, or at least negotiated a truce. Cat may have to lose his bed sleeping privileges. And no more tuna–dry food only! You want wet food, catch and eat a squirrel, you lazy bastard.

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    raven says:

    @Steve in the ATL: It’s also dangerous, fuckers will eat though wires and burn your house down. You need professional help on that. Had a nice talk with Mr Evidence today, his son is playing Eddie’s Attic Tuesday with SUZANNE SLAIR .

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    Jager says:


    Yes, the old saying “went to shit and the hogs ate em”

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @raven: I suspect they are slowing down my wifi.

    Would go hear Carlson’s boy play, but I will be in the Bay Area on Tuesday. And the next day. And so on until I catch the redeye home on Feb. 2. Some potential for a Bay Area meet up, fans!

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    JPL says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Put moth balls in your attic and see if that will keep them out. You can buy them where they are in cheesecloth and just toss them about.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @JPL: tried that. Worked briefly. Have had slightly better luck with Havahart anti-squirrel crystals and ammonia-soaked rags. Nothing lasts for long, though. I may import an Alabama native to trap them for Brunswick stew.

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    Yarrow says:

    Looks like talks to avert the shutdown are really coming along.

    With under seven hours to go before the government shutdown deadline, two sources tells @Phil_Mattingly and @mkraju that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer still haven’t spoken and don’t currently have a conversation scheduled.— Steve Brusk (@stevebruskCNN) January 19, 2018

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    JPL says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Sarah Sanders can probably help you with recipes.

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    realbtl says:

    @opiejeanne: Seems to me one was named D. Pork Choppa.

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    Faithful Lurker says:

    @woodrowfan: Ain’t that the truth@joel hanes: Thanks. That’s what I thought. but people here hunt bears and eat them. They say bear meat tastes like pork so they thought they were related. Now that you mention the hooves and claws, I can see how wrong that is. Like killing bears, that really distresses me.

    We lived in Malaysia for two years and had wild boar curry. Great stuff. In a South Indian restaurant, I should mention, not Malay (Muslim).

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    You need professional help on that.

    Steve in the ATL? Yeah.

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    Raven says:

    @Steve in the ATL: he’s a rollin stone how how. . .

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    @Yarrow: Reading around I am getting this vibe that both parties in congress have decided that Trump is going to take the blame for this with the voters and letting what happens, happen.

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    @Steve in the ATL:

    I suspect they are slowing down my wifi.

    My guess is porn.

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    @Enhanced Voting Techniques: I’m not sure how Republicans in Congress can deflect blame to Trump. Never has worked for the President’s party.

    And this crew doesn’t seem that sharp anyway.

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    @Baud: Maybe, it is Steve in the ATL we’re talking about here.

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    Baud says:


    Gorillas. Sharks, and now Squirrels. When will it all end?

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    Yarrow says:

    @Baud: Maybe cat porn and that’s why sending the cat up to the attic isn’t working anymore. Those squirrels know how to keep the cat distracted.

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    debbie says:


    And then do what with the dead bodies?

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    Yutsano says:

    @Baud: Amoebae?

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    @Baud: And Yarrow provides the answer. Cat porn.

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    @debbie: Steve knows union thugs; I’m sure if he asks nicely, they can help with that.

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    debbie says:

    Excellent preliminary meeting in Oval with @SenSchumer – working on solutions for Security and our great Military together with @SenateMajLdr McConnell and @SpeakerRyan. Making progress – four week extension would be best!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2018

    Trump’s tweet makes it sound like he’s the go-between. Suckers. They’ll all be pissed off.

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    Baud says:


    four week extension would be best!

    I assume that’s what Schumer proposed, with a commitment to vote on DACA in that time.

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    debbie says:


    For a price, yes…

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    Jager says:

    @Faithful Lurker:

    I went to a “Game Dinner” at the Harvard Club, a tradition going back to Teddy R.. One of the dishes was bear meat, guys in tuxedos were throwing up on the sidewalk after dinner. It was the gamiest of gamy meat and it didn’t taste anything like pork.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    One of the ways Jimmy Kimmel first made his name on the radio here in LA was with his imitation of basketball player Karl Malone, who’s an Alabama country boy who liked to talk about his childhood hunting squirrels for dinner.

    Fortunately for Kimmel, Malone thought it was hilarious.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    HST’s autobiography includes a period he lived there and hunted them.

    It took me a shockingly long time to realize that you’re probably referring to Hunter S. Thompson and not the 33rd POTUS!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: you must be old. I had to altavista a list of presidents to figure out that reference.

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    NotMax says:


    Watched a segment once on Soko ga Shiritai wherein they were served and ate bear sashimi. More precisely, bear paw sashimi.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Sab: My husband tells me DeSoto’s crew established feral pigs in Florida. This may or may not be true. Sometimes he makes shit up just to see if I’ll believe it. 🙄

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Mnemosyne: squirrel brains are a breakfast delicacy there too. I first, and last, had authentic Brunswick stew in Athens my first week of law school. Turns out going to law school wasn’t my worst decision after all!

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    El Caganer says:

    “The name is Swine. Feral Swine.”

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @debbie: @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I have two kids in private colleges so I can’t afford union labor. Just put an ad on Craigslist for some scab squirrel hunters.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    No offense, but you look like you’re auditioning for Duck Dynasty.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Jager: you aren’t living up to your nym!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @debbie: moth balls, ammonia, etc. don’t kill squirrels. They just (in theory) drive them off with pungent odors that offend the sensitive squirrel olfactory receptors.

    I would prefer lethal moth balls.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    The 1970s have a lot to answer for! Let me just say that I think your current beard is far more becoming.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @raven: You look like an Allman Brother!

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    debbie says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    I was thinking ZZTop in training!

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    Kathleen says:

    @satby: While channel surfing I hit upon MSNBC and in 2 seconds got a “this is bad for Democrats” vibe. My surfing thumb did not tarry.

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    Jager says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    I haven’t hunted since I was a kid, but I like venison if it’s cooked right, pheasant too. I wasn’t one of the guys throwing up on the sidewalk, I took a taste of bear and spit it in my napkin. It was the worst. Some guys at the dinner got smashed and to be “manly” cleaned their plates. Crowd was at minimum 50% assholes. My buddy and I walked over to the Capital Grill to finish our evening with some very good scotch. BTW, One of my uncles used to make his own sausage, 1/3 pork/1/3 beef 1/3 venison it was outstanding. Consistency of a good summer sausage.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    I am old. Was born during the Roosevelt administration.

    Knew HST was in the 30s but had to count backwards on my fingers to determine his number.

    ETA: Ummm, was born during the presidency of FDR, not Teddy!

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    debbie says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    Can’t you put screening over the vent or whatever it is they’re getting in through?

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    danielx says:


    Granted it’s hard to tell the difference.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @joel hanes:

    This is a beard.

    Was expecting a picture of Elaine Chao.


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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @debbie: the little bastards can chew through anything.

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    Elmo says:

    @Jager: Which HC? I’m a member in DC and I get spam mail from the one in Maryland, but I’ve never seen that.

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    joel hanes says:

    @Faithful Lurker:

    bear meat tastes like pork

    Both omnivores inclined to fatness. I’m told that bear fat is very wonderful in cooking, as good as but different than duck or goose fat. I’ve resigned myself to never knowing.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: “Some folk’ll never eat a skunk, but then again some folk’ll, like Cletus the slack-jawed yokel”

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    I haven’t hunted since I was a kid, but I like venison if it’s cooked right,

    When I was a baby (maybe 13 months old?) my parents and I moved to Grand Marais, MI, for a year. My dad had been hired to compose an opera or oratorio based on the Hiawatha legend, and ended up teaching several classes at the local high school because nobody else there was qualified to teach music, history, or English. Despite the fact that he had been a high school dropout, he turned out to be better educated than any of the locals.

    Anyhow, he was also a fairly skilled bowman, and killed a deer with bow and arrow during that first autumn. Family lore has it that my first solid food was venison!

    (I never had it again until my first visit to the Hebrides, where we had venison steaks for dinner, venison stew for lunch, and venison sandwiches to take on hikes.)

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    Raven says:

    @Betty Cracker: I must have did somebody wrong

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    VeniceRiley says:

    Just searched “feral pig overpopulation” and woah. 2 million of these bad boys! that’s a lot of free bacon on the hoof out there.

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    NotMax says:


    They do tremendous damage to the flora and pollute streams and water transport ditches here on Maui something fierce.

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    The Lodger says:

    @Jager: So, typical evening at the Harvard Club?

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    HinTN says:


    Nah, just me.

    We were all young once but you pull it off nicely.

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    Faithful Lurker says:

    @Jager: It’s not something I’m going to be looking for. A friend of mine was living alone very near Forks WA at the edge of the Olympic Nat Forest. One night she hears a noise at her back door, opens the window above the door, looks out and there’s a big bear trying to get into the house. She grabs her pistol, intending to fire it in the air to scare the bear away but the upper window falls on her arm and she shoots the bear in the head, killing it. Now it’s 2 am and she has a dead 300 lb bear on her doorstep. Also, there are strict rules about when you can kill bears up here. So she calls the nearest park ranger, he helps her dress it and skin it, cut it up, etc. and they have a big barbque party the next weekend. At least, that’s her story and she’s sticking to it. She says the bear lard made terrific pie crust.
    edited for clarity and grammar

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    J R in WV says:

    @frosty fred:

    No, the peccary is a rodent completely unrelated to pigs. They look alike, I’ve seen little herds of peccaries in AZ, and they do look like pigs, but no relation whatsoever.

    Wild pigs were first introduced by Spanish explorers marching with little herds of hogs for food. Some got away. More have escaped from farms since. They can get up to 700-800 pounds in the wild, eventually. My brother hunts them with a huge pistol in the Texas hill country.

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    joel hanes says:


    [looks down, scuffles toe]

    aw shucks.

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    SgrAstar says:

    @trollhattan: um…no! The Golden Gate Bridge is a “wildlfe corridor”, as has been documented numerous times on the Bridge surveillance cameras. Also too, the southern edge of SF is contiguous with the brushy, forested areas between SF and SC. How else do coyotes and mountain lions make it into the City? Of course they could just be riding the tech buses.

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    joel hanes says:


    Grand Marais

    Back in the days when Justine Kerfoot ran the big outfitter out by the waterside, and we used to eat at the El Ray Cafe before and after trips. I have pictures of the amateur Gunflint Trail mural on the wall at the El Ray.

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    joel hanes says:


    I must have did somebody wrong

    An old story

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    joel hanes says:

    (Three Different Ones)

    ha ha charade you are

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    J R in WV says:


    Well, it is a beard, but not that much of a one, really. I did better than that just out of high school.

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    @J R in WV:

    [. . .] the peccary is a rodent completely unrelated to pigs.

    Sadly, no. The peccary is an ungulate of the same order as pigs, Artiodactyla, not a member of the order Rodentia.

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