Seems like feral pigs and wild boar are wearing out their welcome from one end of the continent to the other lately.
To begin with, folks in Alberta, Canada have decided they don’t want wild boar rooting up their landscape, and have now declared a total free-for-all on the invasive animals.
According to this article from the United Press International (UPI), the porcine invaders are making a menace of themselves.
The non-native animals have decimated crops and burrowed dangerous large holes in the ground from central Alberta to near the U.S. border, CTV News reported.
The article declares the animals pests, and have issued a “shoot-on-sight” policy. What’s more, landowners who fail to participate in the cull will have to foot the bill for having someone else do it.
Under a new law, landowners must now report and eradicate non-captive boars, otherwise provincial officials can kill the boars and send a bill to the landowner, the report said.
Not sure I agree with an eradication program if the population is already well-established, but I guess hey’re going about it in a pretty direct way. The new law should keep folks from harboring a population, either for sentimental or sporting purposes.
From the sounds of things, Texas may be heading in much the same direction. The State Department of Agriculture recently awarded a $1million grant to the Agri-Life Extension office to drive an eradication and control program. As a July 8 article in the Lone Star Outdoor News site reported:
“The feral hog population has exploded in Texas over the past 20 years,” Agriculture Commisioner Todd Staples said. “This invasive species will destroy anything in its path from sorghum fields in the rolling plains to pastures in East Texas to plants in a suburban San Antonio landscape.
“Eliminating these animals also means safer driving conditions for Texans and for our many visitors. This grant will test the critical strategies we have developed to control this pest.”
I posted recently regarding the new feral hog and wild boar hunting regulations in Texas, and this grant came hot on the heels of those new rules.
Not to be outdone, New York state is encouraging hunters to shoot any wild boar they happen to see running arund too. I just read this article in the Press & Sun Bulletin online, wherein the reports of wild boar running loose in New York are generating a quick an lethal response from the wildlife management authorities.
… The DEC is asking licensed hunters to shoot any and all wild hogs on sight at any time of year. Although there is no season, a small game hunting license is required. Permission must be obtained to shoot hogs on private lands and local and state shooting regulations are in effect.
It’s a rough time to be a wild boar, but it’s a great time to be a wild boar hunter!