7:30 a.m., Dec. 7)
pigs accidentally shot in case of mistaken identity
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
east-end hunters need to give their heads a good shake
and have their eyes checked to make sure they can see
right after shooting and killing two harmless pot-bellied
heart-breaking incident happened in November on the property
of Navan farmer, Matt Nooyen. The pair of intruders mistook
his family pets for wild boars and shot them only metres
from his front door.
Guilbault in happier times with her pot-bellied pigs Pickles and Rosie. Fred Sherwin/Photo
was brutal to find out that Pickles and Rosie had been
killed,” said Nooyen, who along with his wife Lianne Guilbeault
had raised the cute, cuddly creatures since they were
shooting victims were trained to stay on the couple’s
40-hectare property on Frank Kenny Road, and never strayed
far from the house. They were very similar to dogs in
that they would come to you when you whistled for them.
sad scenario comes down to the fact that the hunters did
not have permission to come on the Nooyen’s property,
but proceeded to do so anyways.
thought there were some wild boars on my property and
wanted to get rid of them,” says Nooyen. “They left a
message on my wife’s phone asking for permission to shoot
the wild boars. She tried unsuccessfully to get a hold
of them and say no. That’s when she called me, sensing
something bad may happen so I rushed home to check on
the Navan couple left their home, Pickles and Rosie were
kept in an outdoor enclosure which would allow them to
roam around and enjoy some secured freedom, or so they
thought. When the dairy farmer returned to his property
the pigs were not there and two strangers were just steps
from his front door.
knew something was wrong because they were always in their
pen. I asked them where the pigs were and was told they
ran away,” recalls Nooyen.
searching frantically for his pets for an hour or so,
Nooyen got word from his wife that the hunters admitted
to shooting the pigs and had their carcasses with them.
Pickles and Rosie were buried the following day under
a tree on the couple’s property where they will rest in
know we can’t bring the pigs back but we can raise awareness
so something like this never happens again,” says Nooyen.
hunters may receive a $100 fine for trespassing as well
as providing compensation to Nooyen and Guilbeault for
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