Wild Boar Control
Res #: 18-09M
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment
BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Provincial Government for a discontinuation of any wild boar farms and the eradication of wild boar in the province;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that SARM lobby for the continuation of provincial funding for the eradication of wild boar and encourage local participation to help in eradication; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that SARM encourage all RMs to participate and that sightings be reported to RM offices.
Response from Honourable Bob Bjornerud, Minister of Agriculture:
The Saskatchewan wild boar industry consists of approximately 29 commercial producers with about 40 to 50 farms in total. The industry produces between 4,000 – 8,000 head per year, with sales of live animals to the U.S. and meat to Japan and the domestic Canadian market, generating estimated gross revenues of $700,000 (2008) to $2.2 million (2006).
The Ministry has established a Wild Boar Control Program with dedicated funding. The Ministry is also prepared to work with SARM to develop and implement programming and regulatory measures for the control of feral wild boar. The Ministry of Agriculture has contracted SARM to administer the Wild Boar Control Program for the 2010/11 fiscal year and is providing $50,000 to the program.