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Hungry hog causing problems for eastern Greene County resident

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A rural eastern Greene County man loves to raise persimmons, a popular Indiana autumn berry, that makes delightful pudding.

Sam Lane usually gives away many of the tasty persimmons that fall from his eight trees to friends and family for their culinary use.

However, this year the 84-year-old Newark resident has had to deal with a neighbor's wandering pesky 200-pound plus hog, who appears to have a ravenous taste for persimmons.

In recent weeks, the mischievous porker has made a habit of escaping the fenced-in property of Lane's neighbor, Amanda Durham, almost daily and venturing next door to gobble up a belly full of fresh-fallen persimmons, according to Lane.

Lane lives near Newark, close to the Wilderness Church.

He moved to the Newark area about 21 year ago after retiring from former Harman-Becker Automotive Systems plan in Martinsville.

All was peaceful and calm until about seven or eight months ago when the hog grew larger along with its appetite for persimmons and strawberries.

"It's running around and gathering them all up now," he charged.

The hog comes in Lane's front and back yards pretty much when its appetite directs it.

"Now, it (the hog) comes over any time it gets hungry, I guess."

Lane has two feisty mixed-breed small dogs who have come to the rescue and have been able to herd the much-bigger hog back home, but not before plenty of damage has been done.

Lane has sought help from law enforcement and Greene County Sheriff Deputy Leon Dunigan has been called to his residence twice this week on Monday and Wednesday.

The deputy advised Lane both times that he would speak to the neighbor about better securing the hungry swine.

"I've talked to the neighbors about it. I've talked to the sheriff (deputy) about it and the sheriff talked to them (the neighbors) about it," Lane said. "A couple of times we've had words about it."

This hog, in Lane's opinion, has turned his small persimmon grove into a lip-smacking, help-yourself, all-you-can-eat buffet.

Lane is mad and frustrated.

Earlier in the spring, he alleges the same hog ravaged his strawberry patch, eating the berries and rooting up the plants.

"I had strawberries until the hog ate them. I have one plant left," he stated.

Lane is a spry, straight-talking guy who's been married five times.

"I live by myself," Lane declared and said he'd been married "too many times."

Three of his wives are deceased and two are divorced from him, he explained with a laugh.

"I don't get involved with too much stuff. Heck, I'm 84-years-old and this is frustrating," he said. "They (the neighbor) said we'll put him up. When he (the hog) was smaller, about the size of a pot-bellied pig, it wasn't no problem. But now, he's big enough that he can do a lot of destruction. I love my dogs and if it wasn't for my dogs I'd be running my butt off running that hog out of my yard. ...They'll chase it home after scuffling with it (the hog) for a while. It (the hog) doesn't seem to like my dogs because they chase it away from here. There is a fence and when he goes under it, my dogs usually turn around and come home."

Lane said it has turned into a never-ending chase game for his dogs.

"It's a nuisance to have to put up with and I am sure my little dogs are getting tired of running it (the hog) back home," Lane said. "I don't want to cause trouble, but I think a dang hog is supposed to be fastened where it can't tear other people's stuff up. All the neighbors say, 'just shoot him'. Well, I don't want to shoot him because it would just make trouble ... that hog runs where it dang well pleases. It's not only frustrating but being it is so big it damages a lot of stuff. ... If they'd just fasten the hog up, I have no problem with them."

In Lane's view a man's property ought to be his own, not intruded on and damaged.

"My place is not well-kept by any means, but what I've got I'd like to keep."


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I'm giggling :)

I've heard of stray dogs but not stray Hogs.

Put that Hog on a leashe!

"Hi, my name's Hog - I like persimmons and strawberries."

-- Posted by Orion's Belt on Thu, Oct 11, 2012, at 2:20 PM

A Pork Chop dinner with persimmon pudding. Don't sound bad at all.

-- Posted by Barb and Hay Wire on Thu, Oct 11, 2012, at 2:42 PM

SHOOT IT!!! You have the right to protect your property, if you cant do it then move to the city. Neighbors should have more respect than to let this continue, why dont they take it to the butcher if they cant contain it.

-- Posted by eagle26 on Thu, Oct 11, 2012, at 4:56 PM

This is the least of Newarks problems.

-- Posted by Bluetick_Hunter on Thu, Oct 11, 2012, at 7:12 PM

Don't shoot the hog - it's not the hog's fault. It's hungry and it knows where the food is located - normal behavior ! The owners should be made to be responsible for this hog.

-- Posted by cruella on Thu, Oct 11, 2012, at 7:12 PM

That's funny. I wish all the news was this entertaining. It beats bad news, crime and politics! :)

I'm sorry the hog ate the persimmons though.

-- Posted by RoseRed on Thu, Oct 11, 2012, at 11:00 PM

circle of life, hogs eat persimmons, people eat hogs ;)

-- Posted by eagle26 on Fri, Oct 12, 2012, at 6:44 AM

I agree with Barb n Hay Wire. Ribs, pork chops and bacon sound good to me. A few shot gun rounds in the air may wake up the hogs owner. The owner is responsible for thier livestock.

-- Posted by Equipmentguy on Fri, Oct 12, 2012, at 6:53 AM

Load a shot gun shell with rubber or rock salt and blast it in the backside

-- Posted by wgravemier on Fri, Oct 12, 2012, at 8:03 AM

..that'l do pig ..that'l do

-- Posted by thunderoad on Fri, Oct 12, 2012, at 10:05 AM

Instead of fighting with the neighbors (and the pig), why don't you help them build a better fence to keep the pig in? A few big rocks at the bottom of the fence, or a stout board or whatever. The neighbors probably don't know what to do with the pig either.

-- Posted by may11_11 on Fri, Oct 12, 2012, at 10:38 AM

I know what to do with the pig ... pork chops.

-- Posted by vintner on Fri, Oct 12, 2012, at 2:51 PM

May11_11... Are you serious?!! The man is 84 years old! It's not his duty to help the neighbors to build or fix their fence. If they don't know what to do with the hog, they should've never gotten it. Don't have animals you can't take care of.

-- Posted by 3rsmom on Fri, Oct 12, 2012, at 8:14 PM

thanks for the laugh thunderoad! so funny!

-- Posted by allicansayis on Fri, Oct 12, 2012, at 8:15 PM


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