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Predator help: black bears versus boar

 
hunter holman
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IM getting ready to send my pigs out to pasture and I just noticed that there are at least 2 quite large black bears roaming the pastureland now and was wondering if
a black bear would mess with my 500 pound boar tusks vs claws who would still be alive at the end
 
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I don't know boars but I do know black bears. They are very efficient and rather deadly predators when they are in predator mode. Boars are dangerous, which is not quite the same thing. If it came to genuine "Batman versus Superman" fight between bear and boar, my money would be on the bear to win -- at least if we are talking confident mature adults. But I don't know.

However, the real question is your first one: would a bear even mess with a 500 pound boar? And the answer, I think, boils down to a question of personalities. Bears are individuals, and their behavior varies wildly. In general, black bears aren't looking for trouble, they are looking for easy food. But it only takes one aggressive, hungry, or overconfident individual to mess up that generality and go after an animal that seems big and mean enough to take care of itself. I've seen enough unexpected bear behavior that I will never be sanguine about bear threats based on what they usually and predictably are expected to do.

Hopefully somebody with experience raising pigs in bear country will chime in to offer you a real answer based on experience.
 
Leora Laforge
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I have lots of experience with black bears, as a summer job I have taken children 8 and up on hiking and canoe trips in black bear territory. In a bear encounter it is a simple matter of making lots of noise to chase it away.

With one particular group of 14 yr olds we had 2 separate nights in one week where a bear wandered by our campsite in the evening, with the second bear the kids were complaining because they had to stay up and make noise instead of going to bed. That is how not scared they were.

This works fine because it is an isolated area where few people go and those who do know better than to feed them. These bears live on a diet of wild berries and occasionally scavenge kills from a real predator. I have never brought a gun, bear mace, or bear bangers. I just sing to them, my singing will chase anything away.

If you do live in an area where people feed the bears, or allow them to scavenge livestock, they can become predatory. If you have neighbors who allow them to scavenge garbage and dead livestock, then you need to be very careful with them.

As a kid a some of my neighbors decided to raise wild boar as livestock, it was a terrible choice, they are aggressive, escape artists. So now there are wild pigs running around and reproducing faster than they can be hunted down. They are in the 300-600 pound range. These animals are sometimes called the poor mans grizzly because when injured they will attack a hunter instead of trying to run away.

Domestic pigs would be much less aggressive but they can probably protect themselves almost as well. I would expect an encounter between a pig and a black bear to end with the bear running for it's life.
 
hunter holman
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great thanks guys il think about it we got a storm today so it will be a little while yet
 
Tracy Kuykendall
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Can't help you with bears, never been around them, boars on the other hand I've had some dealings with. For the most part the majority of big bad oar stories are hype, you run across the occasional buster bad butt, but even the majority of them make a run at you just to get past to get away. I will throw in a caveat, that both are living thinking creatures, both are ranked high on the intelligence scale so that makes both unpredictable and that is what escalates the danger potential.
 
Walter Jeffries
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The bear will likely win. Pigs are prey animals for bear, coyote, cougar, ravens, crows, hawks. Bear, coyote and cougar can even kill big pigs. Our solution is good fences and better dogs. Even big pigs can be taken down by a bear or pack of coyotes.

-Walter
 
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