POP: Point of Privilege Resolution No. 1
Res #: POP 1-13M
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
WHEREAS Wild Boar continue to be produced in the Province of Saskatchewan; and
WHEREAS Wild Boar continue to escape from their enclosures and damage crops, livestock and the ecosystem of the province; and
WHEREAS the extermination of the Wild Boar once they have escaped has proven to be extremely difficult, with sport hunting only serving to educate the wild boar;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Provincial Government place a moratorium on the production of Wild Boar within the Province of Saskatchewan; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Provincial Government buy out existing producers at an amount per pig which is equal to the current market value for the pig.
Response from Lyle Stewart, Minister of Agriculture
The province is committed to the control of feral wild boar. The Ministry is continuing its funding support of the Feral Wild Boar Control Program, and has provided $50,000 per year since 2007. SARM administers the program, which organizes targeted hunts in Rural Municipalities that have reported problems and has effectively reduced the feral population. To date, the program has been adequately funded.
The Ministry of Agriculture will work with the Ministry of Government Relations to assess options under existing legislation to enhance the control of feral wild boar in Saskatchewan.