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· US: Montana Livestock Officials Worried About Canadian Feral Pigs
· Canada: Immediate Aggressive National Effort Needed to Control Spread of Wild Pigs in Canada
Montana Livestock Officials Worried About Canadian Feral Pigs
By Kevin Trevellyan, Montana Public Radio
Oct 3, 2019
Crop land, golf courses, lawns: none are safe from feral hogs that Montana livestock officials say are poised to invade the state. Officials received reports several months ago that wild Canadian pigs were merely 6 miles from the Montana border.
Tahnee Szymanski with the state Department of Livestock says the invasive animal species could pose significant problems for Montana’s agriculture sector.
“They have tremendous destructive capabilities. They will root into any sort of ground cover. They are predatory in nature. They carry a whole host of diseases that could potentially spread to other livestock species and to people," she says.
The state Legislature made feral hogs a prohibited species in 2015. Since then, numbers from a University of Saskatchewan study indicate growing populations in the Canadian province.
The Livestock Department has been working with state Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the federal Wildlife Services to aerially surveil the northern border for swine. To Szymanski’s knowledge, none have crossed into Montana yet.
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Immediate Aggressive National Effort Needed to Control Spread of Wild Pigs in Canada
Dr. Ryan Brook - University of Saskatchewan
Farmscape for October 4, 2019
A scientist with the University of Saskatchewan says controlling wild pigs in Canada will require nationally coordinated aggressive and immediate action.
The ongoing spread of African Swine Fever in Africa, Asia and Europe has drawn attention to the potential for wild boar and wild pig populations in North America to harbor and infect commercial pig populations with disease.
Dr. Ryan Brook, an Associate Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Bioresources with the University of Saskatchewan, says, although the problem has been emerging across Canada since the mid-1980s, very little has been done about it.
Clip-Dr. Ryan Brook-University of Saskatchewan:
There is no national strategy or plan and so each province has their own perspective on things.
Alberta has a program where they are trapping animals and removing them and they have a plan, which is good so certainly Alberta is at the forefront in being proactive.
Saskatchewan has a program through the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Program so, if you have issues and complain SCIC, they will send out teams to either ground trap, shoot or snare wild pigs.
They've been doing some of that and that's been I think a good model for sure.
Manitoba, to my knowledge, is not doing anything and to my knowledge none of the other provinces are taking any action in terms of removing pigs.
So efforts have been pretty hap hazard amongst the provinces and pretty limited in scope and scale and certainly without plans and strategies and really aggressive broad scale efforts there is no chance of eradication.
The big gap being the overall and fundamental lack of leadership from any organizations that I'm aware of in taking this on as a real recognized emerging crisis.
Without leadership I don't think we're going to get too far any time soon.