Monday, December 11, 2023

Sir Bacon of Burg, the elusive pig, shot to death

A pig — perhaps Sir Bacon of Burg —rummages through leaves in a James City County yard around Christmas time. (WYDaily/Courtesy Tracy Deibler Tingen)
A pig — perhaps Sir Bacon of Burg —rummages through leaves in a James City County yard around Christmas time. (WYDaily/Courtesy Tracy Deibler Tingen)

Sir Bacon of Burg, a pig made famous in the internet for avoiding capture for months, was killed this morning by police on the Route 199 median, according to James City County Police.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., Sir Bacon of Burg was on the Route 199 median between Monticello Avenue and John Tyler Highway, authorities said.

Police received numerous concerns about the pig’s location and at that time, an officer stopped traffic and shot and killed the pig, said James City County Police Deputy Chief Steve Rubino.

Rubino said law enforcement was unable to capture the pig and the pig was shot for the safety reasons, since it was large enough to cause damage to a car, if hit or motorists could get hurt swerving to avoid the animal.

Animal control officers were at the scene, Rubino said.

Prior to this morning, police consulted with a local veterinarian and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and determined using a tranquilizer gun was a not a viable option, Rubino said.

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Officers would have to get close enough to the pig and the animal can run up to 15-20 minutes before the tranquilizer takes affect, Rubino said.

Sir Bacon of Burg has eluded police and animal control for months and had been spotted along Route 199 and the areas of Longhill Road, Monticello Avenue and John Tyler Highway.

For several months, Rubino said police and animal control worked to capture four loose pigs. The pigs were believed to be domesticated and either escaped or were released by a resident in the county.

“Three were caught and one remained at large,” Rubino said.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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