Federal officials help catch pigs that escaped from farm

September 11, 2019

ORANGE, Vt. (AP) — Federal officials are getting involved in the roundup of 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, says someone burglarized his property and sabotaged his fences.

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

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture says officials met with the farmer on Wednesday and he signed an agreement allowing the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services to access the property to install game cameras and other monitoring devices to help determine how to recover the pigs.

An email seeking comment from Jeffries was sent Wednesday.