Firefighters encountered a wild boar today while rescuing a man in his 70s suffering from a medical condition in Pearl City, a fire department spokesman said.
The man caught the boar in a trap he had set near a garden he was tending at the bottom of a hill behind his Aapi Place home, said Honolulu Fire Capt. Kevin Mokulehua.
While checking on the garden, the man found the boar, which was about 80 to 100 pounds, ensnared in the trap. The man began having difficulty breathing and used a cell phone to call a family member who called firefighters.
Firefighters found the pale-looking man at about 10 a.m., some 150 feet down a hill behind his home, and had difficulties getting to him because of the snared wild boar near him, Mokulehua said.
About eight firefighters carried the man up the hill on a canvas mat and turned him over to paramedics.
It was unknown what happened to the boar.