Bacon the pig’s brief breakout bid cooked by Quebec police dragnet

Bacon the pig is no longer a ham on the lam.

MONTREAL — Bacon the pig is no longer a ham on the lam.

He was snared Thursday morning by animal protection officials after keeping them and Quebec provincial police on the hunt for several days.

The cagy critter had escaped from his home in St-Hyacinthe, east of Montreal, on Sunday and a dragnet was launched.

But Bacon seemed to move like greased lightning when pursuers were around.

“The animal had been seen a few times during the week but it was impossible to catch him,” said provincial police Sgt. Joyce Kemp.

A photograph of one pursuit posted on a radio station website shows the fleet-footed porker darting away from one official.

Some area residents reported that hog havoc was wreaked on some local lawns but Kemp was unable to confirm that.

On Thursday, police and animal control began to bore in on their prey and a trap was set.

“They were able to catch him and the pig is fine,” said Kemp.

Despite being called Bacon, the moniker isn’t a prediction of the pig’s future.

“It’s not like a farm animal,” Kemp said. “It’s really like a pet.”

Photos show a bulky, black animal but Kemp didn’t have details on his size.

“I think he was a couple of pounds, yeah,” the sergeant said cheerfully.

It was not immediately known how the pig got loose but Bacon’s breakout isn’t the provincial force’s first animal roundup.

In August, officers were called in to help animal control after about 3,000 minks were set loose from a rural fur farm after allegations of mistreatment.

One of their most intense hunts was in 2010 when a tiger and two camels from an Ontario zoo were snatched in their trailers by thieves.

Jonas, the hulking three-year-old tiger, and camels Shawn and Todd were later found safe and sound.

While humans are the force’s main interest, Kemp said it’s ready to act when animals go astray as in Bacon’s case.

“Sometimes we do get called for assistance when animals are on the loose like this.”

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