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.”