MNR monitoring after wild boars spotted in Pickering

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MNR monitoring after wild boars spotted in Pickering
Author of the article:Liz Braun
Publishing date:Nov 15, 2021 • 1 day ago • 2 minute read • 11 Comments
A pack of wild boars was spotted in the Pickering area this week, a development being watched carefully by Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry(MNR).
A pack of wild boars was spotted in the Pickering area this week, a development being watched carefully by Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry(MNR). PHOTO BY ISTOCK /GETTY IMAGES
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Here’s a new animal kingdom wrinkle: Invasive wild pigs are a thing in Ontario.

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A pack of wild boars was spotted in the Pickering area this week, a development being watched carefully by Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNR).


Wild pigs are an invasive species.

A Pickering resident saw the wild boars in her garden, counting 14 total in the area. They appear to be Eurasian wild boars.

There’s a section devoted to wild pigs on the MNR website that permits people to report the animals. It includes the information that domesticated pigs descended from Eurasian wild boar thousands of years ago, which is why escaped, domesticated pigs that become feral come to resemble their wild boar ancestors. They can quickly grow a dense coat in cold climates if required, for example.

Any pig running free and not under the physical control of a person is considered a wild pig.

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They can be farm pigs, pet pigs or Eurasian wild boars; the province notes, “a small number of Eurasian wild boars have been imported and raised as alternative livestock on farms for meat.”

Eurasian wild boar and their hybrids play a greater role in the establishment and spread of wild pigs and will be phased out of Ontario by 2024. It is prohibited to import or own them after Jan. 1, 2022, but current owners may have a two-year exception — if they notify the ministry by March 1, 2022.

Wild pigs are considered a significant threat to Ontario’s $24B swine industry.

They are not native to Ontario and can have a negative effect on vegetation. They also compete with other wildlife for food, water and space. Their trampling, rooting and wallowing habits are bad for water quality and can contribute to erosion.

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They damage crops and gardens and can spread disease to other wildlife, pets and people.

And they easily reproduce, so the wild pig population spreads fast.

However, according to Dr. Erin Koen, an MNR scientist in the Wildlife Research & Monitoring Section, they are not truly established (i.e., self-sustaining and breeding) yet.

“We don’t have any reason to believe at this time that any of these animals were born in the wild,” said Koen, who adds there are probably small numbers of wild pigs scattered across southern, central, and eastern Ontario.

Right now most appear to be recently escaped livestock.

“Continued vigilance and monitoring is critical to prevent the establishment of this invasive species.”

The group seen in Pickering will be lured with bait and removed together using a corral trap.

Hunting wild boar is not a solution and in fact is prohibited as of Jan. 1, 2022.

Previous attempts to hunt boar make the problem worse by driving the animals into new areas — accelerating their spread instead of curtailing it. Pigs are highly intelligent animals and need no extra incentive to avoid humans.


There are no reports of wild pigs attacking people in Ontario. As with all wild animals, however, it is wise to avoid wild boars, keep pets away from them and never feed wildlife.

Report any wild boar sightings at wildpigs@ontario.ca or 1-833-933-2355.
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bill barilko

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Not wild Feral there's quite a difference.

Also here in BC where as you know it never rains it pours-there's a livestock truck stuck up near Manning Park it's full of swine and reports in the media say if they can't be fed & watered soon they'll have to be released.

Yes those vermin will be infesting mountain forests next and you heard it here first.

 

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Feral hogs spotted in Burlington
Author of the article:Liz Braun
Publishing date:Nov 23, 2021 • 11 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
No sooner are wild pigs spotted out east in Pickering than reports come in from Burlington that the feral oinkers have also been seen in parts west.
No sooner are wild pigs spotted out east in Pickering than reports come in from Burlington that the feral oinkers have also been seen in parts west. PHOTO BY TWITTER/CONSERVATION HALTON /TORONTO SUN
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Those wild boars get around.

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No sooner are wild pigs spotted out east in Pickering than reports come in from Burlington that the feral oinkers have also been seen in parts west.


Conservation Halton tweeted Tuesday that they had been “recently notified of a Wild Boar in Burlington and we intend to work with our partners to control the spread of this invasive species.

“If you observe a Wild Boar, please report the observation to the MNDMNRF at wildpigs@ontario.ca or 1-833-933-2355.”

Asked if the animals were dangerous, @ConservHalton tweeted this response:

“Though encounters or attacks from Wild Boar are rare, you should not approach a Wild Boar if one is observed. It is also recommended that pets remain on-leash in order to prevent an altercation with a Wild Boar.”

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As the Toronto Sun reported last week, wild pigs are an invasive species and are being dealt with quickly in an attempt to ensure they do not become truly established.

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNR) is watching the animals carefully, as they are not native to Ontario and can have a negative effect on vegetation.

They also compete with other wildlife for food, water and space. Their trampling, rooting and wallowing habits are bad for water quality and can contribute to erosion.


They damage crops and gardens and can spread disease to other wildlife, pets and people. And they easily reproduce, so the wild pig population spreads fast.

The “wild boar” can be farm pigs, pet pigs or Eurasian wild boars; the province notes “a small number of Eurasian wild boars have been imported and raised as alternative livestock on farms for meat.”

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A pack of wild boars was spotted in the Pickering area this week, a development being watched carefully by Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry(MNR).
MNR monitoring after wild boars spotted in Pickering
These two wild pigs were spotted in Norfolk County a few years ago.
(Toronto Sun files)
Huge wild pigs roam in Canada's hinterland

You can learn more by reading the section devoted to wild pigs on the MNR website.

It’s important to report any wild boar sightings at wildpigs@ontario.ca or 1-833-933-2355.
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Wild boars captured, euthanized
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A pack of wild boars was spotted in the Pickering area this week, a development being watched carefully by Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry(MNR).
A pack of wild boars was spotted in the Pickering area this week, a development being watched carefully by Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry(MNR). Photo by iStock /GETTY IMAGES
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Fourteen wild boars that had been roaming in Pickering have been captured and euthanized by the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry.
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The wild boars were all trapped using marshmallows and peanut butter.

The agency started an investigation into the boars after citizen complaints in November and all the pigs were dead by Dec. 6.

“The ministry considers many factors in determining the appropriate method for removing wild pigs from the natural environment, such as, whether wild pigs could be a vector for disease, if they are breeding in the wild or are causing damage, and whether ownership can be determined,” the ministry said in a news release.

“Staff worked with local landowners to learn where the pigs were frequenting and placed bait and trail cameras in the area. On November 30, 11 wild pigs were captured by NDMNRF and the remaining 3 pigs were captured on December 6.”
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The ministry says the wild pigs were humanely euthanized and will be sent for necropsy and research.

Wild pigs are an invasive species, and they are not native to Canada and can carry up to 80 diseases.
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A pack of wild boars was spotted in the Pickering area this week, a development being watched carefully by Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry(MNR).
MNR monitoring after wild boars spotted in Pickering
No sooner are wild pigs spotted out east in Pickering than reports come in from Burlington that the feral oinkers have also been seen in parts west.
Feral hogs spotted in Burlington
These two wild pigs were spotted in Norfolk County a few years ago. (Toronto Sun files)
Huge wild pigs roam in Canada's hinterland

“Invasive wild pigs can have significant impacts on the natural environment and agricultural industry. They are considered one of the most damaging invasive species in the United States and have been called an ‘ecological train wreck’ due to trampling, wallowing, and rooting in sensitive habitats, and the significant damage they can cause to farmlands and stored crops.,” the ministry says.
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BRAUN: Ontario on guard against wild pigs
Author of the article:Liz Braun
Publishing date:Jan 23, 2022 • 14 hours ago • 3 minute read • 19 Comments
a group of wild pigs were spotted in Pickering in the late fall. They were captured and euthanized.
a group of wild pigs were spotted in Pickering in the late fall. They were captured and euthanized. PHOTO BY TWITTER/CONSERVATION HALTON /TORONTO SUN
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Last year, city slickers were surprised to discover that Ontario has a problem with wild pigs.

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A group (or “sounder”) of 14 wild pigs was spotted in Pickering in November, and for a while, the critters were hogging the news.

As invasive species go, feral pigs are a nightmare, capable of damaging land and crops and spreading disease. The pigs in Pickering were eventually captured and humanely euthanized.

The animals cause about $2.5 billion in damage in the U.S. every year; as Diane Peters writes in The Atlantic , they smash down crops, attack calves, lambs and pregnant livestock, and, “destroy native plants, animals, and precious habitats.”

And they carry some 30 diseases and 40 parasites.

The U. S. experience has shown Ontario the need to get out in front of the wild pig problem. Fortunately, the animals are not entrenched here. Yet.

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Morgan Kerekes, spokesperson for the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (NDMNRF) says the porcine predators are not yet breeding and self-sustaining.

Most wild pigs reported here appear to be, “recently escaped livestock, including domesticated pigs, pot bellied pigs, and farmed Eurasian wild boar,” said Kerekes.

To keep wild pig population down, as of January 1, 2022 , live pigs are not permitted in Ontario’s provincial parks or conservation reserves. It is illegal to release any pig into the environment. If your pigs escape, you have to notify the ministry.

Hunting pigs is also illegal. Pigs are extremely smart, and hunted pigs learn fast to avoid humans — they are already masters of hiding in unpopulated areas. Being shot at makes them even harder to find and control.

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And pigs are highly adaptable. Kerekes said the animals are thriving on the Prairies and do just fine in cold northern climates. “Ontario’s existing climate is suitable for pigs to establish in the wild.”

Ryan Brook, a wildlife researcher at the University of Saskatchewan, told National Geographic that wild pigs on the Prairies are hybrids of wild boar and domestic pigs and hence have “super pig” properties with regard to size, reproduction and survival. He uses the term “ecological train wreck” to describe the damage they do.

Pigs were introduced into the Americas around 1500 ; in the 1900s, wild boar were introduced to the U.S. for sport hunting. Feral pigs have had explosive growth in the U.S. and Canada over the last 40 years, steadily moving north and west. (And south: Montana is trying to keep Canadian feral pigs from moving across their border .)

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In the U.S., the problem is so extensive that states such as Texas spend millions annually just to control the wild pig population and a feral swine damage management program coordinates eradication and research efforts nationally.

So Ontario is paying close attention. Kerekes said the NDMNRF is working hard on pig eradication programs.

The 2021 Strategy to Address the Threat of Invasive Wild Pigs has four main objectives: to prevent the introduction of pigs into the natural environment, to address the risk posed by the Eurasian wild boar (and phase them out), to use a coordinated removal strategy and to collaborate with other ministries and jurisdictions.

Feral pigs spotted here are trapped and removed; wild pigs often have to be humanely euthanized, said Kerekes, “because they can carry a number of diseases and pathogens, making them a biosecurity risk to livestock and pets.

“They can also be aggressive and dangerous to humans and other animals.”

The animals’ tissues are kept for research, keeping scientists abreast of their condition and disease status.

“Outcomes will inform future management,” said Kerekes.

Constant vigilance and monitoring are crucial to keeping the pests at bay. As they say in Montana, squeal on pigs!

If you see see a pig, report it to wildpigs@ontario.ca or 1-833-933-2355