UPDATE: Origin of wild pigs shot on Katy Trail remains unknown

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 | 4:44 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — It remains unknown where a pair of pigs that caused a stir on the Katy Trail came from.

The duo reportedly chased and threatened bicyclists Monday before damaging the yard of a Rocheport business. Missouri Department of Conservation agent Sean Ernst said the pigs tore up a patch of dirt and grass 10 feet long by 3 feet wide on the property of Trailside Cafe and Bike Shop, which sits adjacent to the trail.

There was no indication of recent domestication, Ernst said, because there were no ear tags or rips in the ear where a tag used to be. One pig was male and the other was female.

"But, based on their behavior, it does indicate they were captive at one time."

Ernst responded Monday after hearing that a family had been chased and almost attacked by pigs on the Katy Trail. He fatally shot the pair, then searched the area for more but couldn't find any.

Supervising editor is Jake Kreinberg.

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