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This 2016 photo showing feral and domestic pigs mingling is from www.wildpigscanada.ca, a website created by the University of Saskatchewan’s Wildlife Ecology and Community Engagement research group headed by Ryan Brook. The website has information on characteristics and behaviour, signs of the animals’ presence, and control methods.

Wild pig problem in the spotlight at pork conference

The number of feral pigs is growing here and playing a key role in the African swine fever epidemic elsewhere

(Editor’s note: The following is an abridged and edited version of two articles. The full versions can be found at meristem.com by clicking on the 2020 Banff Pork Seminar link.) Two presentations at the 2020 Banff Pork Seminar highlighted the threat posed by wild boars. Ryan Brook, a University of Saskatchewan associate professor and wildlife […] Read more

A large male wild boar — which can top 600 pounds — in a rare daytime photo. The animals tend to be nocturnal.

Wild pigs a growing problem not many seem to care about

Alberta is the only province with a control strategy — but it’s still in the pilot program phase

Since their numbers are unknown and the wily animals are rarely spotted, it’s been easy to ignore the problem of wild pigs. But given their potential to spread disease, that’s a mistake, says the country’s leading — and pretty much only — expert on wild boars. The animals — whose population has mushroomed in the […] Read more



Wild boar must be PigTrace-compatible by July 1

Canada’s farmed wild boar industry has almost four months left to get ready for the same mandatory identification, record-keeping and movement reporting rules as the mainline hog industry. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Monday put out a reminder to all pork producers that they and other “pig custodians,” such as breeders, auction markets and […] Read more