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Hunter brings home the bacon! Bags 500-pound wild boar in North Carolina

Photo: WNCT via CNN

Photo: WNCT via CNN

CONETOE, NC – A North Carolina is bringing home the bacon… and the pork chops and the sausage and the tenderloin.

Jett Webb bagged a 500-pound wild boar he and other hunters had been vying for after spotting it on trail cameras years ago in the eastern part of the state.

The veteran hunter told WNCT, “It takes your breath away for a second to realize how big this hog is; it took up the entire bed of the pick-up truck.”

Mike Mansell, president of the White Oak Ranch Hunting Club where the boar , agrees this size hog game is rare.

Hunters said the pig is part of a growing wild boar population in the East, one they estimate is doubling each year.

“They’re a species that is invasive,” Mansell said. “Once you have them, you’re not going to get rid of them. They just continue to multiply.”

According to WNCT, Webb got a pig close to that size a couple of years ago but this time he decided to harvest the meat.

“We’re not going to waste anything,” Webb said. “So that pig will provide food for me and my family for a good year.”

As for the skeptics, Webb told WNCT he swears his picture is not photo-shopped and says most reaction online has been positive.

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