Man Attacked, Bitten by Wild Boar Released from Hospital

A 69-year-old Cloverdale man was released from a Santa Rosa hospital on Thursday after he was airlifted from a remote area in Sonoma County following a bloody run-in with a wild boar.

By Chris Roberts
|  Saturday, Aug 6, 2011  |  Updated 5:44 PM PDT
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Man Bitten by Wild Boar Released from Hospital

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A wild boar, much meaner than this one seen on a farm, was responsible for the injuries that sent a 69-year-old man to the hospital.

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The pig is dead, and the hunter is out of the hospital.

The 69-year-old man who was bitten by a wild boar while hunting near Lake Sonoma this week was released from the hospital in Santa Rosa on Thursday, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Exact details of the battle between Ernie Sanders of Cloverdale and his porcine nemesis are vague, but Sanders was bitten on the knee, leg and hands by the creature, whom hunters shot and killed soon thereafter, according to the newspaper.

The hunters were in such a remote area that it took rescue crews over an hour to respond to their cell phone call for help -- and only then when two helicopters were employed in the search.

One medical chopper and another from CalFire located Sanders and transported him to the hospital, where he stayed one day. His pride may be wounded worst of all -- the newspaper could not reach him for comment.

For those keeping score, it's still: Man, 1. Pig, 0.

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