East Birch Creek residents lost their pet pot-bellied pig when a hunter from the Portland area shot and killed it.
Janet McKague said her husband, Jerry McKague, had Porky more than a year and misses him.
“I’m just still flabbergasted that somebody would do this,” she said.
McKague said she is a Pilot Rock native and for the last 40 years she and Jerry lived about 12 miles up East Birch Creek southeast of Pilot Rock. All the neighbors knew Porky, she said, who roamed around the area. About the only time he might get demanding was when someone had a pail full of food. Her grandchildren also grew attached to the pig. Friday, however, Porky went missing.
“We were looking all over for him,” she said. “I called all the neighbors and stuff and asked have they seen Porky.”
Her brother who lives a few miles away called her with grim news — an archery hunter had come into the hardware store in town and had a story about shooting a feral pig. Someone even weighed the animal, she said, and it came to 167 pounds.
Sure enough, it was Porky.
How someone could mistake Porky for a wild pig was beyond her. Like the typical pot-bellied pig, she said, Porky “only cleared the ground by a couple of inches, you know.” McKague said she called the police.
Oregon State Police Sgt. Tim Brown out of the Pendleton office said troopers responded and found the hunter, a 52-year-old man from Boring, a bedroom community of Portland. The man had permission to hunt on private land, Brown said, and saw the pig in the road. Brown said the man claimed he thought the pig was feral, so he shot it. The man was cooperative, Brown said, and took the trooper right to where he killed the pig.
The trooper informed the hunter the pig was a pet and seized the carcass for evidence.
“We’re preparing a report to send to the district attorney,” Brown said. “No citations at this point.”
Oregon has no hunting license or tag requirements for taking feral pigs, but the state outlaws selling feral pig hunts. Brown said the nearest feral pigs he knows of are in Wasco County and no one local has reported any to state police. McKague, too, said there are no feral pigs in the area.
“I want the idiot to have to suffer, to pay for this,” she said, “pay for the killing of my pet.”
The East Oregonian tried to contact the hunter, who did not return messages by deadline. The EO has not used his name because he is not facing criminal charges.
Brown advised any hunters thinking of killing a pig to make sure it is not someone’s pet.