October 16th – Wild Pigs πŸ·

The most interesting news story that I found today is a real rip snorter! Apparently, we are on track to having more wild pigs than people in Saskatchewan – soon!

There were a few things noted in this story that I found particularly interesting.

  • Wild pigs were DELIBERATELY brought into Saskatchewan and Alberta in the 1990s to help farmers to diversify.
  • Some of the wild pigs brought to Saskatchewan escaped captivity and spread across our province which is rich with their natural habitat.
  • Saskatchewan has more than half of the 56,000 wild pigs in Canada
  • Wild pigs are prolific and destructive – rooting up crops, destroying the natural habitat of endangered species, and leaving a trail of pig πŸ’©.
  • Wild pigs are highly intelligent.
  • Hunting wild pigs is ineffective at controlling them as they quickly learn how to evade their hunters.
  • The only way to control the wild pig population is by encouraging the reporting of sightings, trapping entire groups of wild pigs, and with natural predators such as wolves and coyotes.

I don’t know who these ‘people’ were that brought wild pigs into Saskatchewan. I assume it was our government’s Department of Agriculture. Bring a prolific, invasive, destructive species into a province which is one big natural habitat for such creatures. What could go wrong? I bet those ‘people’ thought they were the most intelligent creatures in our province until the wild pigs arrived and took over. πŸ€”

That’s my News and Views of the day. I may be back soon to report on the importation of wolves and coyotes to our province. πŸ‘

Saskatchewan Wilderness

Take care and have a great day! πŸ’ž

11 thoughts on “October 16th – Wild Pigs πŸ·

  1. That’s terrible! These folks didn’t think this through did they… Reading your title, my first thought was Destructive. The province could also put feeders out designed to feed only the pigs which contain poison. Such feeders already exist.

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  2. I know wild pigs are a problem here in Alberta as well. Any time human beings introduce species that are not native it causes havoc. I’ve read a few news stories about the destruction these swine are causing here as well. It seems even more of a challenge is Sask. one I hope gets sorted out sooner rather than later.

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  3. I can’t imagine anyone deliberately bringing a menace like wild pigs into our provinces. I hope they get rid of them too! The article didn’t say, but when these pigs are caught, I hope they are able to process the meat and provide it to those in need. I am pretty sure they are eaten when they are caught in the States. At least something good would come out of this fiasco.

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  4. I had no idea that there are so many wild pigs in Saskatchewan and that they are such a big issue. I wouldn’t want to come across one of them while on the trail! I wonder whose bright idea that was to bring them over here. That’s the same with other critters and creatures like the gypsy moths.

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