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Expanded trapping and control program for Alberta's wild boar problem

A made-in-Alberta solution to battle wild boar.
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Alberta's wild boars are a threat to crops and livestock. Photo: Government of Alberta

Alberta’s government has developed the Wild Boar Control Program to eliminate the destructive pest’s threat to crops, livestock and the environment. Wild boar at large has been documented in 28 rural municipalities.

The 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 is a threat to our animals and environment, as well as a vector for diseases like African swine fever. We are taking action to get rid of this menace and help those affected by it before it gets worse," said Nate Horner, Agriculture Minister.

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. To date, the County of Stettler and the Municipal District of Peace have signed on to both remuneration programs.

Albertans can help protect our province’s animals, agriculture and ecosystems. If you see a wild boar or signs of their activity, email af.wildboar@gov.ab.ca or call 310-FARM (3276) to report it.