Loose pigs in Western suburb still prove difficult to catch

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Photo credit Wayne Police Department

WAYNE, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Four pigs have now been on the loose in Wayne for two weeks. While there have been frequent sightings and attempts to capture them, they’re making it very difficult.

The pigs are basically feral, says Kelly Owens, the founder of a non-profit called Hands & Hooves, who’s working with a rescue group, trying to catch them.

"The pigs are smart. They've been very elusive," she told WBBM.

They’re using a big trap and trail cameras.

The trap is baited with all kinds of food: corn, granola with molasses, raspberry jello mix and microwavable popcorn.

The pigs, she says, have been seen near the trap.

"Unless they get interested in our trap I don't see any way that we're going to get them," Owens said.

She’s concerned about traffic on Army Trail Road, where they've been seen often. Owens is also concerned about coyotes.

"We're just afraid if we trap the big one and leave the mom and two babies thst they would be very vulnerable to a coyote attack overnight."

Coyotes are smart, too, she said, and they know the pigs are out there.

The pigs, she says are doing a lot of damage, to landscaping and gardens. There are high-end homes on large lots and farm properties in the area.

Owens says they're also getting into watermelon patches and vegetable gardens and that it may be time to talk about using a tranquillizer gun.

However, there’s a lot to consider if they go that route, because the pigs could be killed.

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