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Is it a bear? A feral hog? San Antonio police find quite an unexpected animal near park trails

Rest assured, there is not a bear in the area, police say

San Antonio police had quite an interesting call Saturday afternoon after receiving several reports of a bear sighting near trails on the South Side.
San Antonio police had quite an interesting call Saturday afternoon after receiving several reports of a bear sighting near trails on the South Side. (San Antonio police)

SAN ANTONIO – It’s not a bear. It’s not a feral hog... so what is it?

San Antonio police had quite an interesting call Saturday afternoon after receiving several reports of a bear sighting on the park trails, just south of Mission Espada.

After arriving on scene, police began searching for the bear on the trail grounds.

Officers said they were called to the area just a day before with another report of a bear sighting. However, police suspected it was a feral hog instead of a bear. Officers believed the same for this instance.

About 10 minutes later or so, police said they reached the east side of the creek and that’s when they found what appeared to be the reported bear, at least from a distance.

San Antonio police had quite an interesting call Saturday afternoon after receiving several reports of a bear sighting near trails on the South Side.
San Antonio police had quite an interesting call Saturday afternoon after receiving several reports of a bear sighting near trails on the South Side. (San Antonio police)

Once police got closer, they realized it wasn’t a bear at all.

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Rather, it was a black, pot-bellied pig.

San Antonio police found a pot-bellied pig near nature trails on the South Side.
San Antonio police found a pot-bellied pig near nature trails on the South Side. (San Antonio police)

No one was injured by the pig, or vice versa.

Police waited for it to walk away from the trail before leaving the scene.

If you see a pot-bellied pig, just leave it be. However, if you ever do see a bear, report it to local law enforcement.

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