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'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
An African warthog, like the one seen in this stock photo, was caught in Florida last month   (Getty)

(Newser) – 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. (Read more wildlife stories.)

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