'Friendly' African Warthog Captured in Florida

The tusked beast took five days to finally capture
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 15, 2018 3:00 PM CDT
'Friendly' African Warthog Captured in Florida
An African warthog, like the one seen in this stock photo, was caught in Florida last month   (Getty)

African warthogs, not surprisingly, are not native to Florida so state wildlife officials are investigating how one wound up loose in a suburban neighborhood. Per the AP, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officials told TCPalm.com that it captured the tusky animal last month after a five-day search about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach. That included failed attempts to capture it with traps and a rope snare before a wildlife officer spotted it and tackled it. The newspaper reports the officer got some cuts on his legs in the process. Under state law, owning a warthog requires a permit but no one in that area had one. Officials said the beast is tame and is friendly when offered food. (More wildlife stories.)

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