Note: This story was updated at 1:53 p.m.
A black-and-white pot-bellied pig roaming loose in Woodland was picked up by animal control officers and taken to the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter on Monday morning.
The slow-moving female pig roamed through several yards on Nasson Lane before it was corralled in a a backyard, where it was picked up by an animal control officer.
It wasn’t clear where the pig came from. It did not have a collar or identification tags.
Some people keep pot-bellied pigs as pets and one officer said he has encountered them before, although it’s not clear if they would be allowed in the center of the city.
Oak Ridge Community Development Director Kathryn Baldwin said agricultural animals are allowed on land that is zoned RG-1. That property is agricultural and residential, and lots have to be at least 200,000 square feet with setbacks of 50 feet on all sides, with the exception of accessory buildings (farm buildings), which are required to be 100 feet from front lot lines.
Baldwin said there is quite a bit of land on the west end of Oak Ridge that is zoned RG-1 and other pockets of it elsewhere in the city.
She said she hasn’t run into pot-bellied pigs in Oak Ridge before. The city sometimes has to decide whether an animal is agricultural or a pet, Baldwin said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.