The Hunt for Hogzilla

Untitled2If you find yourself in the greater San Francisco area this weekend, you’re free to join me at the annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History, where you’ll meet lots of congenial folks who love talking about nature. On Saturday afternoon, I’ll be giving a talk on the nation’s skyrocketing number of feral pigs. In the event you can’t make it to San Fran or simply can’t wait that long for your feral-pig fix, I thought I’d share this newspaper article that first appeared in the San Francisco Call more than a hundred years ago. The article describes a harrowing encounter with feral pigs in the vine-tangled San Jaoquin valley during the late nineteenth century, complete with a dramatic illustration. Many thanks to the good folks over at Chronicling America for posting this article in the first place.