Police in James City County, Va., shot a feral pig Monday as it posed a safety concern to the community.
Over the last several months, the police department and animal control officers had been working to capture four pigs that were running loose in the county, authorities said. Authorities caught three of the pigs, but the last pig, locally known as “Sir Bacon of Burg,” evaded capture until he was shot earlier this week.
The pig was spotted in the median of Route 199 between Monticello Avenue and John Tyler Highway around 9:30 a.m. on Monday. Authorities received numerous calls from the public regarding safety concerns about the pig’s location. In the interest of public safety, officers stopped traffic and shot the pig, according to local news media.
Police determined that using a tranquilizer gun was not a viable option after consulting with a local veterinarian and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
This pig had become a serious safety hazard as it had been spotted along heavily traveled roads. Officials believe the pigs were domestic and had either escaped or were released by a county resident.