Ontario farmers can help each other out, by reporting sightings of wild boar, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has developed a new website to make this easy.
Wild boar are an invasive species, in Canada. But the reason farmers should step up sighting and reporting is to prevent them from becoming a reservoir for diseases like African Swine Fever (ASF).
The devastating foreign animal disease is being spread in Belgium through the wild boar population, and Canadian Swine Veterinarian Egan Brockhoff warns that if ASF arrives here and finds its way into the wild boar population, it will be almost impossible to eradicate.
Saskatchewan has over a million wild pigs and their elimination is the subject of ongoing debate. Alberta has finally abandoned its $50 per head bounty as ineffectual and moved to a controlled hunt.
Ontario wild boar numbers appear to be much smaller. But the challenge is finding the pigs to come up with an accurate estimate.