Farmer eaten by his own hogs
October 2nd, 2012
08:02 AM ET

Farmer eaten by his own hogs

Authorities in Oregon are investigating how a hog farmer was eaten by his animals.

The remains of Terry Vance Garner, 70, were found in his hog enclosure Wednesday, according to local news reports Monday.

The farmer had gone to feed the hogs, some weighing as much as 700 pounds, about 7:30 a.m., according to a report from CNN affiliate KMTR. After Garner was not seen for several hours, a family member went to check on him and found his dentures in the hog pen. Other remains were found, but the hogs had eaten most of the farmer, according to the report.

The sheriff's department is looking into the death.

"Due to the unusual circumstances, the Sheriff's Office is investigating to determine if foul play may have resulted in the death of Mr. Garner," Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier told CNN affiliate KVAL.

“For all we know, it was a horrific accident, but it’s so doggone weird that we have to look at all possibilities,” the Eugene Register-Guard quoted Frasier as saying.

Garner could have suffered a heart attack and fallen in the pen, or the hogs could have knocked him off his feet and then eaten him, Frasier told the newspaper.

The state of the remains made determining a cause of death difficult, according to the news reports. They had been sent to the University of Oregon and examined by a forensic anthropologist, the report said.

The farmer's brother, Michael Garner, told the Register-Guard that one of the sows had bitten the farmer last year after he accidentally stepped on a piglet.

“He said he was going to kill it, but when I asked him about it later, he said he had changed his mind,” Garner said.

Garner told the Register-Guard his brother was a Vietnam veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. The farm was "a life-saver," he said.

“Those animals were his life,” Garner told the Register-Guard.

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  1. sw6blues

    Chickens are poultry. Geese and Ducks are fowl.

    At the Battle of Gettysburg, near the Wheatfield and Peach Orchard in the center of the battlefield on the 2nd day, was a pig farm/enclosure. Wounded Federal soldiers were reportedly attacked by these pigs when they had somehow come loose from their enclosure. The soldiers had to fend them off with their bayonets. Some ended up like this farmer...

    October 2, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      I had not heard that part of the story. Thank you for that.

      I used to raise pigs and you had to be careful around groups of them.

      October 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boss Hog

      I guess they were confederate pigs at heart.

      October 2, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hwy 9

      Thanks for that bit of history – seriously... It's something the average Joe wouldn't have known and it gives a whole new dimension to the battle conditions of the day.

      October 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • BADGUY

      Historians DO say the pigs "feasted' on the bodies of the dead that they DUG UP from the shallow graves in which the bodies had been buried.

      October 3, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joseph

    Please go away

    October 2, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. t3chsupport

    See, this is why the whole veganism thing is such a crock. Most of them, if they could eat you, they most certainly would. This is simply doing unto others before they do unto you.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • sam stone

      yeah, those murderous cows.....

      October 2, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • the Golden Rule, unperverted

      It's "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and that ideal is a big part of the vegan philosophy. It's also easy on the environment. Ever even driven by or flown over a hog farm? NOT easy on the environment.

      October 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. maxy

    He probably fell or had a heart attack, Hogs do not usually attack, especially when you are feeding them food, sounds like a freak accident.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Marco

    Ducks and gooses are not foul. They are nice critters. They don't smell and never hurt no one.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Geese are nasty my friend...My grandparents owned a large dairy farm while I was growing up, they also had geese, they were better then any watch dog and meaner...Their teeth are razor sharp like a Pike...
      Dont be fooled into thinking they are cute, they are dirty and their feces carry desiese as well.

      October 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • nae

      r u really that stupid foul is obscene fowl is a term for certain birds.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew V.

      First, both ducks and GEESE (not 'gooses'...) are 'fowl'. Second, while they are cute to look at, both ducks and geese tend to defecate everywhere and can be VERY foul smelling and a public health nuisance when their waste droppings sufficiently pollute ponds and other smaller bodies of water. Both can be aggressive towards humans and other animals, particularly geese which can become VERY aggressive to people and will also attack small animals such as cats and dogs....

      October 3, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Pere

      Yeah Duck bacon

      October 4, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • YGBKM

      It's obvious you know nothing about geese.

      October 8, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • AG

      Marco.. look again at the spelling: "foul" does indeed mean a bad odor.. whereas fowl.. does refer to birds i.e. ducks, geese, etc. Far from the same thing here..

      October 29, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • AG

      Hey Marco... Youi're not fromthe country are you?? LOL Please look again at the spelling: "foul" does indeed mean a bad odor.. whereas fowl.. does refer to birds i.e. ducks, geese, etc. Far from the same thing here..

      October 29, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. freqflyr

    I guess paul that you would advise that we need a 'bill of rights' in this country for animals?

    October 2, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • privelege and responsibility

      frequentflyer, animals already have a bill of rights although it is paltry compared with our own. We still treat them as slaves to be bought and sold and give half-hearted persecution to those who commit even heinous crimes against them.

      Those who like to think they are "above animals" and use that as justification to treat them as having few rights forget that power requires responsibility. If we are to have power, it should be used appropriately and compassionately. Those people who behave like animals should be treated as such: confined and sterilized. It is quite a burden to have power. How will you use yours?

      October 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Theo

    "With the measure you use it will be measured back to you." Thanks God, I have become a vegan.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. Charms

    people have no conscience. How can you make fun of such tragedy? Should Sunday Schools be mandatory? seriously??

    October 2, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • the Golden Rule, unperverted

      What the heck? What about Sunday Schools? Oh, you think Christianity owns the patent on morality...uh, no!

      October 2, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rain

      You want everyone to go to Sunday School so they can be molested by church leaders?

      October 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BOMBO ©

    Anyone else have bacon for breakfast this morning?

    Anyone else feel a bit sick right now?

    October 2, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. wildone

    Closer investigation will show that the hogs had indulged in bath salts prior to the incident.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jason

    So THAT'S why bacon supplies are dwindling! No wonder!

    October 2, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. Nick

    how ignorant and insensitive are you? i wont even explain how awful it was u made that comment considering the situation, but the fact that you think EVERY animal farmer mistreats thier animals is just plane ignorant. you dont know if he abused them. i would think he wouldnt if farming was something he did to keep himself sane after returning from vietnam, but thats just an assumption.

    also are plant farmers much better? i could say all plant farmers could go farm in hell because they use pesticides and fertilizer that poisons animals and affects our rivers, lakes, wetlands, and oceans. but you would say not all plant farmers use these.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mei

    Have they put the pigs down in order to investigate any remains in their stomach–clues to cause of death.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©


    Condolences to this poor man's family.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Terrible

      This poor man lost his life and the majority of people who comment do so with pure ignorance. I guess you could never imagine a terrible death in your family or to your friends. Maybe that is the have no friends or family. Can you imagine any of his family or friends reading this and thinking they would be reading compassion and see "most" displaying garbage and insane thoughts. (This is only meant to those with the twisted comments.)

      October 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      Yeah I and eggs tomarrow for breakfast.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BOMBO ©

    Were they really his own hogs, or did they belong to a fellow named Brick Top?

    October 2, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
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