What is the Feral Wild Boar Control Program?
The program provides a way for landowners and rural municipalities (RMs) to have wild boars removed, which pose a threat to the environment, farm operations and to other livestock. SCIC will help coordinate qualified hunters and trappers with RMs and landowners to investigate sightings and take appropriate action to deal with feral wild boar.
How does the program work?
When a wild boar sighting occurs, the individual should contact their local Crop Insurance office as soon as possible. SCIC will review the information and determine the next step for responding to the wild boar sighting. There are teams established in the province, made up of experienced hunters and trappers, who have a response protocol in place to act on the complaint. A hunt is conducted, when it has been determined control measures are needed. These hunts have been successful in removing feral wild boar throughout the province.
What if I have crop or livestock damaged by wild boar?
Along with coordinating removal of problem wild boar, SCIC can provide compensation for any crop or livestock damage caused by the pest. Visit Crop Damage Compensation or Predation Compensation to learn how SCIC can help when these situations arise.
For more information about the Feral Wild Boar Control Program or to report a wild boar sighting, contact your nearest Crop Insurance office or call 1-888-935-0000
Background Information (source Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture)
Wild boar were first introduced to Saskatchewan during the 1990s as part of an agriculture diversification initiative. Smart and tough, some animals escaped from their pens. At first it was thought that these animals would be unable to survive the harsh Canadian prairie winters; however, they not only survived, they thrived. Hardy and adaptable, wild boar have become firmly established in the wild in some parts of the province.
Wild boar have few natural predators and, because of their intelligence, are difficult to hunt. Populations can increase very quickly, since sows are capable of producing up to two litters a year, with four to 12 piglets in each litter.
These animals are omnivores and, as such, eat a variety of plants, roots and animals, and root up the ground wherever they go. Groups of wild boar have been known to destroy acres of crop overnight. They not only damage private property, but also seriously damage native flora and fauna through their feeding habits and reproductive capability. In some parts of North America, uncontrolled wild boar populations have resulted in the complete destruction of wildlife habitat. Also, feral wild boar have the potential to become carriers of diseases and parasites that can harm the health of domestic livestock.