An aggressive pig that chased residents of a Corona neighborhood, causing a panic, was subdued by animal control officers using tranquilizers, authorities said Friday.
Riverside County Department of Animal Services spokesman John Welsh said that the aggravated animal — possibly a wild boar — wandered into the Orange Heights area of the city, which borders the Cleveland National Forest, shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday.
According to Welsh, several residents came into contact with the swine, which charged them, prompting calls to 911.
Corona police officers were the first to reach the location and, with the help of residents, corralled the pig in the backyard of a home, Welsh said.
He said two animal control officers were summoned, and when they observed the 100-pound pig’s “high aggression,” one of them shot the animal with a tranquilizer dart, incapacitating the pig.
The pig was loaded onto a horse trailer and taken to the Western Riverside County Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley, where it was pinned and is receiving food and veterinary attention, according to Welsh.
It is unknown whether the animal was someone’s pet, or was roaming the forest and came out in search of food.