A 69-year-old man attacked by a wild pig was released Thursday from Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Ernie Sanders of Cloverdale was seriously injured Wednesday while a member of a hunting party in a remote area northeast of Lake Sonoma.

The hunters found and reportedly wounded a wild boar but it attacked and bit Sanders on the knee, leg and hands. The hunters killed the pig, said Rick Blackmon, a battalion chief with the Cloverdale Fire Protection District.

The hunters used a cell phone to call for help, but in such a remote area it took rescuers about an hour to locate Sanders.

Two helicopters from CalFire and the REACH medical air ambulance joined in the search, and both eventually landed to assist the injured man, Blackmon said. The REACH helicopter transported Sanders to Memorial.

A hospital spokeswoman said Sanders was discharged Thursday. He could not be reached comment.

Excerpt from City of Santa Rosa's Facebook page:

If you wish to make donations of food, the Redwood Empire Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul are accepting ready-to-eat, non-perishable foods for evacuation centers. St. Vincent de Paul is located at 610 Wilson St. Phone: 707-584-1579.

Donations are being accepted at the Redwood Empire Food Bank at 3990 Brickway Blvd. between the hours 8am-8pm. The food bank also needs volunteers. Sign up online at refb.org/volunteer.

Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa also takes food donations. Please call 707-528-8712.

The shelters are also at capacity for donated clothing. However, the Salvation Army is accepting clothes and supplies at 93 Stony Point Circle. Call 707 542-0981 for more information.

For financial donations, the Redwood Credit Union has established a North Bay Relief Fund – 100 percent of donations go to fire victims. Go to www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief to donate.

Thank you, again, for your generous support!

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