On Sept. 20, the Hardin family received an uninvited early-morning guest on the front lawn of their home in the Plains area of Zachary.
A large wild boar, which had been spotted several times near Plains-Port Hudson Road, was killed by John Paul Hardin, 16, with the help of a neighbor. Before going down, the big pig was shot several times by a .357 revolver and a 30-30 rifle.
Because a scale large enough to weigh the huge boar was unavailable, its weight could only be estimated at about 500 to 600 pounds.
It measured 71/2 feet in length and had 3-inch tusks.
Hardin said the boar was first seen about 20 feet from his family’s house and was shot in the front yard. It then ran into the neighbor’s yard, where it was fired upon again and eventually collapsed.
“This is a hog of a lifetime and completely unexpected in this area,” said Hunter Hardin, John Paul’s father.