In the wake of the disturbing news that an Oregon farmer was apparently eaten by his own hogs last week, the always-entertaining “Explainer” section of the news site Slate tried to determine if livestock deliberately targets humans for attack.
From this story on Slate:
Do livestock intentionally kill their owners? Yes. Cattle kill approximately 22 Americans per year nationwide, and the animals deliberately attack their victims in 75 percent of those cases, according to a 2009 study. About one-third of bovine killers have a history of aggressive behavior. Swine likely kill fewer people than cattle do, but there are no reliable data on this question. The CDC’s mortality statistics group together all mammal attacks apart from those perpetrated by rodents, dogs, and humans. The death count in the mammal-attack category averages about 73 per year, including cattle-related mortalities.
As someone who survived the abject terror of raising two hogs as a child (and still bear the psychological trauma of said experience) I know where I stand on the issue: Don’t ever turn your back on Wilbur. Hogs are evil, calculating beasts that are best experienced as sausage, chops, and bacon.
Considering the ever-increasing population of wild hogs and the ever-increasing popularity of hunting them, has anyone ever heard of a documented case of feral hogs attacking and eating a human, or is that strictly a barnyard hazard?