"Mark Gessner <mgessner@a...>" <mgessner@a...> wrote:
Just a heads up, for those of you who thought white tail deer were the
only large wildlife you would encounter on an evening caching trip, I
saw a wild boar in Emma Long park (City park) last night, in the
vicinity of the PP01 cache. Any one else seen one of these critters?
What other large beasts are lurking out there that I should know
Most likely it was a feral hog. Central Texas is overrun with them.
They can be very big and very nasty, so if one gets agressive towards
you I'd hightail it up the nearest sturdy tree and hope you have your
cellphone with you if he doesn't get bored. A person I know who lives
in Jester estates bordering the BCCP lands had them digging up her
yard and hired a guy to trap them. He got three, one of them a 350-
If you are a hunter and try to shoot one, aim for the head/neck area.
A State Park Ranger told my hubby, when he was on a lottery hunt,
that if you shoot them in the side like you do with a deer, you'll
probably just make them mad, especially the big ones. He said a
hunter the previous weekend had shot a big boar in the side, the
bullet was just buried in his fat, he grunted and walked off. LOL
As for the Mountain Lion, it's amazing someone even spotted one. They
are very shy and if you are making any noise you'll probably never
have the chance to see it before it's gone. I doubt one would get
hungry enough to attack a human.