A four-hour chase by police and conservation officers ended in the death of a wild pig after it plunged 10 metres down a slope in Quarry Bay before dawn yesterday. The 50kg male boar was the third to have been found in Eastern District in three days. A taxi driver called police at about 11.45pm on Thursday after his cab hit the boar in Hong Yue Street outside block J of the Kornhill housing estate. After being struck, the injured pig ran down a hillside and hid in bushes outside block N of the estate. Police and conservation officers with shields and nets tried to capture it, but failed, and a government veterinarian was called in with a tranquilliser gun. The pig was shot with tranquilliser darts at about 3am, a spokeswoman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said. 'After being shot with two tranquilliser darts, the wild pig was in shock and ran around on the hillside,' she said. It eventually fell about 10 metres down a slope at about 4am and landed in an alley next to Taikoo Primary School in King's Road. It was declared dead by the veterinarian. On Tuesday, tranquilliser darts and nets were used in a six-hour operation to capture two male boar loose on a hillside in Fortress Hill. One, a 25kg juvenile, later died of stress and the other, a 50kg adult, is being held in an animal management centre in Sheung Shui. In February, a 50kg boar was captured in North Point. It was injured and had to be put down. Chan Kang, 67, the leader of Sai Kung Wild Pig Club - one of two hunting teams in the city - said it was possible the cooler weather was bringing wild pigs out of Tai Tam Country Park to find food. 'Normally, wild pigs remain on top of hills in the summer and come down to find food in cool weather,' he said. Wild boar had been found in Shek O, Stanley and Deep Water Bay in the past. The spokeswoman said the department would monitor wild pig sightings and a hunting operation would be mounted if necessary.