Canadian province develops wild boar control program

The government of the Canadian province of Alberta has developed the Wild Boar Control Program to eliminate the destructive pest’s threat to crops, livestock and the environment.

The new coordinated approach includes an expanded trapping and control program, compensation for farmers and two separate bounty programs – one for landowners and trappers, and another for hunters.

“Wild boar at large are a threat to our animals and environment, as well as a vector for diseases like African swine fever," said Nate Horner, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development. "We are taking action to get rid of this menace and help those affected by it before it gets worse."

The expanded trapping and control program involves active surveillance in several counties and more active traps across the province.

As well, wild boar damage is now included in the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program administered by the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation.

A modified remuneration program will also be implemented for landowners and government-approved trappers, subject to agreements with participating counties.

To help its wild boar surveillance efforts, Alberta is also implementing a one-year bounty pilot program for hunters. As their expiry dates near, both programs will be evaluated for effectiveness and next steps will be determined.