Alabama wildlife officials said Wednesday they want to know how the huge hog called "Monster Pig" got into a fenced hunting preserve, where it was chased down and shot to death by an 11-year-old boy.
Jamison Stone was hunting with his father and the guides on May 3 when he said he shot the 1,051-pound (476.7-kilogram) animal eight times with a .50-caliber revolver and chased it for three hours through hilly woods before finishing it off with a point-blank shot.
The young hunter is not accused of doing anything illegal, but the head enforcement officer for Alabama's wildlife agency said agents are trying to determine if anyone broke a state law prohibiting the transportation and release of live, wild swine.
Eddy Borden, the owner of the area where the hunt occurred, declined to comment on how the hog got into the 150-acre (60.7-hectare) fenced-in area.
Borden said he was getting tired of questions about the hog, which Jamison's father said measured 9 feet, 4 inches (2.74 meters) from the tip of its snout to the base of its tail.
"I didn't ask for the publicity. I just want it to all go away," Borden said.
Officials also will review whether the hunt complied with the state's "fair chase" law, which requires that prey at hunting plantations have a reasonable chance of escape, said Allan Andress, enforcement chief for the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division.
Mike Stone said neither he nor his son did anything wrong.
"It's an 11-year-old boy who went hunting," said Mike Stone. "He was enjoying all the attention at first, but it's all getting old."