US man shoots dead 370kg wild hog with handgun

Alabama, Hunting
The Seago family took photos with the giant kill. Photo credit: Facebook/ Wade Seago

A man in the United States claims he killed a giant wild hog with a handgun after it entered his property in a bid to protect his dog.

Wade Seago says he killed the beast on Thursday night (US Time) because he was worried it would harm his small schnauzer dog, according to the Washington Post.

However, instead of using a hunting rifle, Mr Seago claims he shot the 370kg wild animal with a .38 calibre pistol.

Alabama, Wild animals
The beast is twice the size of Mr Seago. Photo credit: Facebook/Wade Seago

"Cruiser [his dog] had this huge hog confused, with all of the barking and movement," he told local media. 

"It was not a good situation.

"By the time I got in a position to shoot, the hog was about 12 yards away. Cruiser was out of my line to the hog, so I fired."

Mr Seago also runs a taxidermy business in his hometown of Samson in Alabama and posted to Facebook saying "this hog will be mounted by me personally at my taxidermy shop."