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Hunter injured in wild pig attack near Lake Sonoma

A 70-year-old man was flown by helicopter from a remote area northeast of Lake Sonoma Wednesday morning after he was bitten by a wild pig.

The man, who was not identified Wednesday afternoon, was flown by helicopter by Cal Fire to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with wounds to his knee and hand.

Officials believe the man, who called for help at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, was hunting the pig with his dogs. The dogs chased the pig into the bushes before the wild animal charged from the brush and attacked the hunter, said Capt. Jon Lovie of Cal Fire,

"The pig bit him in the knee and he was fighting him off with his hands" when the pig bit the man's hands, Lovie said.

The man was able to call for help using his cellphone but it was difficult to find him.

The man was reached around 10:50 a.m. near the Yorty Creek campground area on the northeast side of the lake.


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