Pig On The Lam Is Finally Captured

Oakland, OR -- A pig on the lam for months in Oakland is finally captured.

The 60-pound pig caused a ruckus around town, scaring residents and chasing students behind the Messalonske schools.

His escape got people talking, his noises sent neighbors running, and his capture is making headlines around the world.

"My boy went to the University of Maine at Farmington and he has a friend in Trinidad who says it is in newspapers over there," said Jeff Taylor who owns the pig.

The little pig is responsible for taunting Oakland residents and shutting down the Messalonske Trail System while authorities tried to catch him.

"I don't think he was going to hurt anybody," Taylor said. "I think some residents over reacted."

Taylor says the pig's name is Kermit, because his sister is named Ms. Piggy.

Kermit, Taylor says, jumped the electric fence around his pen two months ago.

"It was a needle in a haystack to find him and even that much more odds against to capture him," Taylor said. "They did a great job at it, they really did."

Oakland Animal Control Officer Pat Faucher says after finding Kermit's tracks in the woods, they set up bait twice a day, every day for two weeks.

"And we just waited," Faucher said.

During the second feeding on Tuesday, Faucher caught a glimpse of his target.

"I looked up and he's on the other side of the brook looking at me," Faucher recalled.

Faucher lured Kermit into a pen with a pale of grain and then shut the trap door.

"Oh gosh, I said, 'thank you, God,'" Faucher said.

With the help of firefighters, Oakland police, and an official from the United States Department of Agriculture, Faucher got the pig onto a trailer and they took him home.

"There is a bond but you hate to get too close to them because you know the eventual outcome," Taylor said.

Kermit and his sister are headed to the butcher.

"It's reality," Taylor said.

But he admits the runaway pig has stolen his heart, and it will stay that way until December.

"There is no harm in loving them while they are here," Taylor said.

Taylor tells CBS affiliate WGME News that he understands Kermit is not an ordinary pig and that there will be people who want to save him from slaughter.

Taylor says he will consider selling the pig but warns that with the money he'd make off of Kermit, he would buy another pig to send to the butcher in December.

Now that the pig is back in its pen, the Messalonske Trail System is open to the public.


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