Feral Pig Drinks 18 Beers, Goes on Rampage

Feral Pig Drinks 18 Beers, Goes on Rampage
Image courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Originally Posted by OutdoorHub

Feral pigs are not some of the most well-behaved animals, but Australian officials are on the hunt for one animal after its beer-fueled antics have placed campsites on alert. According to ABC News, campers on the DeGrey River rest area near Port Hedland in western Australia woke up to a rude surprise when they found the animal raiding their beer supply earlier this month.

“It was in the middle of the night and it was these people camping opposite us and they heard this crunching of the can and they got their torch out and shone it on the pig and there he was crunching away at their cans,” said one camper.

The hog bit straight through the cans—18 total—to get at the alcohol within. It was attracted to the area by the large number of trash cans near the road, which were also found to be destroyed and ransacked by the unruly boar. Campers tell authorities that the pig then went on to raid trash and supplies on the campsite before getting into an altercation with a cow. After making circles around the campers’ cars, the intoxicated pig was then promptly chased off the campsite and found unconscious under a log.

Local officials say they are attempting to locate the animal but are placing more emphasis on reminding campers to properly secure anything that might be of interest to feral pigs—including beer.

Feral pigs are a persistent problem in Australia. A government document released in 2011 pegged the nation’s wild feral pig population at around 23.5 million. If this is true, swine would outnumber the human population of Australia—23 million—by a hair. Pig hunting is a popular sport in Australia and can be pursued in roughly half of the country. Feral pigs live near human settlements and are rarely documented in the large, arid, and oftentimes dangerous area of Australia known as the Outback. It is believed that predators such as dingoes keep the pigs at bay.

For comparison, it is estimated that over five million feral pigs exist in the United States.

Recommended for You


Upon Further Review: 70-Year-Old Catfish Record Voided

G&F Online Staff - May 22, 2019

Experts agree record channel cat caught in 1949 was actually a blue catfish.


No Kidding: Angler Smashes Record for Lake Trout

Scott Bernarde - May 21, 2019

The Pennsylvania man's trophy fish was more than two pounds heavier than the previous record.


Quick Tips: How to Spot and Stalk a Hog

Ian Nance - May 28, 2019

Try these tips to improve your wild boar hunting skill set.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Mustad's Saltwater Jig Lineup

Russ Whisler shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead the innovative features and great color schemes in Mustad's voluminous lineup of saltwater jigs introduced at ICAST 2019.

Abu Garcia Virtual Rod with Bluetooth

Pure Fishing's Andrew Wheeler tells Outdoor Sportsman Group writer Lynn Burkhead all about the brand new Abu Garcia Virtual rod that integrates Bluetooth technology through a free ANGLR smartphone app.

Berkley's New Terminal Tackle

OSG's Lynn Burkhead and Chad LaChance, host of World Fishing Network's Fishful Thinker television show, talk about Berkley's new innovative terminal tackle being introduced at ICAST 2019.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Wild Game

10 Memorial Day Recipes for Your Outdoor BBQ

OutdoorChannel.com Staff

Celebrate the start of summer with great food for your backyard BBQ or picnic with these...


How To Make Your Own Catfish Dough Bait

Keith Sutton - August 04, 2015

When it comes to fishing baits, you won't find a more unusual variety than the strange brews...


Top 10 Biggest Pike World Records of All Time

Jack Vitek - August 19, 2015

While wildly popular amongst anglers around the world, the IGFA World Record book shows the...

See More Stories

More Stories


Call Our Complex Coyotes

Brad Fitzpatrick - July 13, 2017

We Coyote hunters spend a lot of time ringing the dog's dinner bell when we call. But we are


Coyotes In Suburbia

Stephen D. Carpenteri - November 30, 2016

Once considered a denizen of the Western wilds, the coyote has learned to adapt to human


Predator Hunting: 3 Ways to Find Elusive Coyotes

Brad Fitzpatrick - June 26, 2018

Calling all coyotes:'These predators are efficient, so finding and calling them to the gun can

See More Stories

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.