Pig leads would-be captors on chase in Qualicum Beach

Escaped animal eventually put down by RCMP at owner’s request

A wayward pig led police and town workers on a merry chase in Qualicum Beach before ultimately being destroyed at the owner’s request, Oceanside RCMP said.

The domestic pig apparently escaped from its enclosure Sunday morning, May 14, and was spotted wandering through properties along Village Way.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jesse Foreman said police were called at 8:20 a.m. about a large black pig, approximately 150 pounds, “running through streets and causing issues.”

RCMP joined public works employees working nearby and the pig’s owner in trying to capture the animal using nets, but the agile pig eluded those efforts in a chase that lasted more than an hour.

The adventure finally ended when the the pig was shot after being driven into a safe area.

“RCMP put the pig down at the owner’s request,” said Foreman. “She said it was going to be butchered anyway.”

— NEWS Staff