April 7, 2020
April 7, 2020 2:50 PM EDT
These two wild pigs were spotted in Norfolk County a few years ago. (Toronto Sun files)
Ever heard of a pigloo?
It’s not some game but a feral pig that roams the wilds of Canada and can grow to 600 lbs.
“These wild pigs exist in Ontario,” said Stacy Ash, of Ontario Pork.
In the 1980s-90s, some farmers imported wild boars to Canada — mostly in the Prairies — to be raised for meat but many escaped captivity and bred like bunnies.
At first, it was thought they’d die during the winter, but the hardy creatures survived and spread out and can now be found anywhere from British Columbia to the Maritimes.
“They have wandered across the country,” Ash said. “The concern is they could spread disease to domestic pigs.”
These swine — no one can say how many exist — have even caught the attention of National Geographic.
“The rooting is really something to see. It’s almost like a small backhoe has gone through some of these pastures,” Perry Abramenko, a pest program specialist with the Alberta government, told the magazine.