Pig That Attacked Arizona Man Didn't Have Rabies

October 12, 2011 - 10:38 AM

Lake Havasu City, Ariz. (AP) - Officials say a wild pig that attacked a man in western Arizona last month has tested negative for rabies.

Arizona Game and Fish Department wildlife manager Suzanne Ehret says the state health agency released its findings Thursday.

The man was gored Sept. 25 in the Lake Havasu City area. The pig was eventually captured and euthanized.

Wildlife officials told the Today's News-Herald (http://bit.ly/oxMv4Z) the investigation determined the animal was provoked.

The pig was reported looking sickly alongside a fence in Crystal Beach when the man touched its hindquarters. The animal reared and gored the man with its lower tusks.

Specifics on the man's condition weren't immediately available, but he was said to be recovering after the attack.

David Bergman, Arizona director for the USDA's Wildlife Services division, called the attack a "rare occasion."