A BEER-SWILLING feral pig that made headlines for stealing six packs of beer from tourists in Western Australia has met a tragic end.
Main Roads in the region confirmed on Monday the wild pig had been found dead after being hit by a truck near Port Hedland.
The pig, dubbed Swino by locals, had been hunted for weeks after raiding campsites at the De Grey River rest area in the South Hedland region last month.
“We had hoped he could become our mascot, so it is a sad end for him,” Fiona Findley of Main Roads said.
“It is a very common occurrence for feral animals to get hit and killed by vehicles, but we are all a bit upset.”
The pig was said to have drunk as many as 18 cans of beer in one session, before sticking his snout in bin bags to find late-night snacks left by tourists.
Witnesses even reported seeing the porcine predator picking a fight with a cow.
Officers had been trying to locate the animal, who had kept his snout clean since his booze-up a month ago. – AAP