ORANGE, Vt. (AP) — Federal officials are getting involved to round up 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.

WCAX-TV reports that Vermont officials issued an ultimatum saying Jeffries had until Tuesday to round up any remaining pigs on the lam or U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife trappers would step in.


State officials say because the remaining pigs on the loose weren’t corralled, they will start to round them up, which could take several more weeks.

An email seeking comment from Jeffries was sent Wednesday.


Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com