Control of Siberian Wild Boars

Res #: 14-09A
Number: 14
Year: 2009
Midterm: No
Expired: Yes
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

WHEREAS Siberian wild boars are multiplying at an alarming rate, not only within Moose Mountain Provincial Park, but throughout Saskatchewan; and 

WHEREAS these animals are very destructive and disruptive animals, and are proving to be almost impossible to contain by the land owners and local hunters who are trying to eradicate them; and 

WHEREAS the financial burden to the land owner whose property they are destroying, as well as those who are trying to eradicate them has become astronomical; and 

WHEREAS jurisdictions around the world who have ignored these animals and allowed their numbers to grow, are now faced with a monstrous problem to deal with; and 

WHEREAS a minimum of 67 rural municipalities in Saskatchewan have reported wild boar problems; 

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Provincial Government to declare a moratorium on the raising of Siberian wild boar in Saskatchewan and to increase efforts to eradicate those living in the wild.  

Response from Honourable Bob Bjornerud, Minister of Agriculture:

The Stray Animals Act/Regulations do contain language that protects the interests of those who need to control feral wild boar. Further regulatory, program and communication tools are available to address concerns regarding authorizing control programs for feral wild boar. Our staff would be more than willing to discuss this further with your board or any RM council with questions regarding this matter.

To further assist producers dealing with damage caused by wild boar, the Ministry of Agriculture continues to support efforts to control feral wild boar. This includes our continued funding for the Feral Wild Boar Control Program operated under the auspices of the Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board. The 2009 budget increased funding for the Pest Control Program which includes increased support for the control of coyotes and wild boar.

The Ministry of Agriculture will explore your resolution on wild boar. The Ministry is also prepared to work with domestic wild boar producers, and review educational and regulatory approaches with a view to preventing wild boar escapes.