WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — An elusive pig that gained almost a mythical status in recent months for dodging authorities in James City County met an untimely demise on Monday.
Sir Bacon of Burg was shot and killed after officers spotted it roaming around the median of Route 199 between Monticello Avenue and John Tyler Highway, according to the James City County Police Department.
The department said it had received multiple calls from people concerned that Sir Bacon was a safety hazard because of his preference for traversing busy roads, and that after consulting a local veterinarian and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, a tranquilizer was determined “not a viable option” because it could take more than 10 minutes to fully work.
So, around 9:30 a.m., an officer stopped traffic on Route 199, and shot the pig.
Now it might have been a “Sir,” but this porker was more like the “Dukes of Hazzard” than Boss Hogg.
Giving a special meaning to the term greased pig, Sir Bacon was believed to be the final holdout among four pigs that authorities think either escaped from or were released by a resident in the county. They were considered feral.
The three others were successfully captured, but Sir Bacon continued on, frequently showing up around busy roadways such as Route 199, Longhill Road, Monticello Avenue and John Tyler Highway.
He quickly became an area celebrity, with news stories, Bigfoot-like sightings and even a Facebook group. One poster even called him a “legendary Pokemon,” a nod to the especially rare creatures in the “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” monsters series.
But Sir Bacon’s smarts and slipperiness, and his apparent appreciation for busy roadways, seemed to sadly lead to his downfall.