A mystery pig remains at large in Oakland after frightening two children so badly that they flagged down a police officer Tuesday afternoon to report it to authorities.

Capt. Rick Stubbert, of the Oakland Police Department, said he doesn’t know where the pig came from or why it might have been acting aggressively.

The children told an officer that they were on a walking trail in the wooded area between Messalonskee Middle School and Messalonskee High School about 1:45 p.m. when the pig confronted them, “screaming at the kids and chasing them,” Stubbert said.

The report sparked a search for the pig, first by an officer on a bicycle and then by an animal control officer.

While the search turned up tracks that confirmed the presence of the pig, the actual animal has not been found.

Stubbert said that while the animal control officer is continuing the search, unless the pig caused more problems, locating it would not be a high priority for police.

“I wouldn’t say we’re actively looking for the pig, from the Police Department’s standpoint,” he said.

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