Christine Marie Rollins, 59, attacked outside a home in Anahuac in one of the worst cases Ive ever seen, county sheriff says

A 59-year-old Texan woman has died after being assaulted by feral hogs, in what the county sheriff described as one of the worst cases Ive ever seen.

Christine Marie Rollins, 59, a healthcare worker, arrived to look after an 84-year-old patient who she had been caring for almost two years when she was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said he would not go into the details of the incident but said he was disturbed by the attack. In a statement, he said: This is an unbelievably tragic, a very rare incident. In my 35 years I will tell you its one of the worst things Ive ever seen.

Hawthorne said that bites and bruises of varying sizes made it clear that multiple animals were involved in the attack. He said the pigs had taken over some of the pasture and woods of the family land.

The issue of feral hogs in the US has been bubbling under the surface for some time.

In August, self-proclaimed libertarian William McNabb became a viral sensation when he waded into the debate on gun reform by posing the question: How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?

Multiple news outlets including the Guardian raced to see how much of an issue wild hogs really are in the US.

According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), there are about 5 million feral hogs in the US, half of which are in Texas. They cause billions in damage every year, destroying local wildlife and native habitats, and disturbing locals. However, the USDA does not recommend shooting as a method to control groups of the pigs, which can weigh between 100 and 400lb.

Hawthorne, the police sheriff, said there have been six deaths by feral hogs reported in US history. A University of Nebraska paper from 2013 put the total number of wild hog killings in US history at four.

Rollins died outside a home in Anahuac, near Houston, with multiple injuries to her body. An autopsy said she had died from exsanguination bleeding to death due to feral hog assault. Hawthorne said officials had immediately believed the cause of death to be an animal attack, but it was not something we could even come close to announcing until we had the [official] cause of death.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

 

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