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Feds step in in roundup of Vermont pigs on the lam

  • A pig that escaped from a Vermont farm walks along a road in Orange, Vt, on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. Farmer Walter Jeffries of Sugar Mountain Farm says most of the 250 pigs that escaped earlier this month are back and the fence, which he said was damaged by vandals, has been fixed. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)


The Associated Press
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

ORANGE, Vt. — Federal officials are getting involved to round up pigs that escaped from a Vermont farm.

About 250 pigs had escaped from the fenced-in area at Sugar Mountain Farm in Orange on Aug. 12. The farmer, Walter Jeffries, said someone burglarized his property and sabotaged his fences.

Jeffries said he’s been working to round up the animals. But boars, sows and piglets have been spotted up and down the road.

WCAX-TV reported that Vermont officials issued an ultimatum saying Jeffries had until Tuesday to round up any remaining pigs on the lam or U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife trappers would step in.

State officials said that because the remaining pigs on the loose weren’t corralled, they will start to round them up, which could take several more weeks.

An email seeking comment from Jeffries was sent Wednesday.