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Man Wounded While Hunting Boar at Lake Sonoma

Cloverdale Fire officials report incident this morning.

A hunter was injured this morning when he was bitten by a wounded
wild boar at Lake Sonoma, a Cloverdale fire official said.

The elderly man, a resident of Middletown in Lake County, was hunting wild pigs with three other men in the Yorty Creek day use area off of Hot Springs Road near the Dry Creek arm of the lake.

Cloverdale Fire Protection District engineer Peter Avansino said that at about 10:30 a.m., one of the hunters shot the pig with a rifle, and the hunters then tracked the wounded animal into a canyon.

"It got backed into a corner, charged the hunters and bit the man in his hand and upper leg," Avansino said.

The hunters then killed the pig.

One of the hunters hiked up to a ridge and called 911 on a
cellphone, Avansino said.

A Cal Fire helicopter landed nearby, and rescue personnel hiked down to the injured hunter, secured him to a stretcher and carried him back
up to the ridge.

The man was flown by REACH helicopter to Santa Rosa Memorial
Hospital, Avansino said. His name has not been released.

The other three hunters left the scene with the dead pig.

In addition to Cal Fire and the Cloverdale Fire Protection District, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Army Corps of engineers and the Geyserville Fire Protection District responded to the incident.

  By Bay City News Service

Richard Sheppard August 04, 2011 at 05:53 AM
And here I thought it was wabbit season.
Kimberly Flowers August 04, 2011 at 05:32 PM
What is the heck were they doing hunting in the Yorty Creek day use area? Guess that's the last time we enjoy that spot!
Barry Kruse August 04, 2011 at 05:47 PM
Shame on the headline writer for this article. I don't care if you're pro-hunting or anti. The hunter is by definition the attacker and the prey is by definition the defender. Imagine if someone killed an armed robber in self defense and the headline said "robber attacked by homeowner". It would kind of miss the point.
Keri Brenner August 04, 2011 at 11:56 PM
@Barry Kruss: I agree with you, especially if you read the story and realize that the group of hunters were the ones who attacked the pig in the first place. I appreciate you for pointing that out. Perhaps I can come up with a better headline. Thanks.
shadow November 25, 2011 at 04:57 PM
Ok, so how were they hunting at Yorty Creek in August? the season doesn't begin until Nov 26th and ends Mar 28? and with Rifles?? it's a bow-hunting only area. are we sure they weren't on private land outside of lake sonoma?

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