June 19, 2018
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Woman encounters escaped pig in Oakland; police working to capture animal

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

OAKLAND, Maine — A pig that frightened a teenager walking the trails behind Messalonskee High School last week had another encounter with a walker on the trail system Monday, according to police.

Oakland Police Chief Michael Tracy said Tuesday police have reports of “three or four encounters” with the 80-pound male pig on the trail system.

Tracy said a woman, whose name and age weren’t available, was walking along the trail when she had an encounter with the pig Monday morning.

The chief said the woman was able to get up onto a walking bridge, and the pig went on its way.

No physical contact has been made between any persons and the pig, according to Tracy.

“I think we’ve had three or four encounters,” Tracy said. “They’re walking out on the trail and they come across this pig. It’s enough to make them scared.”

Tracy said police have contacted the pig’s owner.

“He escaped about a month ago,” the chief said. “We’re working toward trapping the animal and returning it to its rightful owner.”

Oakland’s animal control officer and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are assisting town police in attempting to catch the pig, Tracy said.

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