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4. Labor: The Erymanthian Boar
As a fourth labor, Eurystheus ordered Heracles to bring him the Erymanthian boar alive.
The Erymanthian boar was a wild animal that lived in Mount Erymanthos southern Greece-an ominous threat to the people of Arcadia, for it caused immense damage to the villagers' crops and tore their flocks with its tusks. To find the beast, Heracles had to wander the entire region, where he also had an encounter with the centaurs to learn details about the boar, which ended in a fight.
Then Heracles went out to hunt the boar, using the following technique: First he frightened it, then he chased it, and finally he led it to a snowy place and tied it in a snare. Then he tied up the defeated animal and carried it on his shoulders back to Mycenae. Later Heracles sent the boar's teeth as a votive offering to the temple of Apollo.