Wild boars in Pickering have been caught and killed

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A wild boar seen roaming in Pickering was caught and put to death.

  • In Pickering, wild boars have been captured and euthanized.

The marshmallow fluff and peanut butter sandwiches proved to be an unbeatable bait for wild boars living on lamb, capturing them and ending a months-long hunt in northern Pickering.

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“It was a ‘fluffernutter’ on a stick and a piece of porridge and the sweet stuff,” said Brougham resident Mary Delaney, who had seen pigs on and off her property several times over the past month.

Wildlife Technician in the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (NDMNRF) staff Delaney. as worked with local residents To know where the pigs were coming from and to feed and mark cameras in the area.

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in early novemberEmployees began investigating reports of 14 wild boars in the Pickering area. On Tuesday, November 30, 11 Eurasian wild boars were captured by the NDMNRF and the remaining three were captured on Monday, December 6, confirmed ministry spokesman Morgan Kerkes.

She said the pigs were humanely euthanized and would be sent for autopsy and research.

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“Through this research, we will learn about the status of wild boars in Ontario, potential diseases and pathogens, and the results will inform future management,” Kerkes said.

Invasive wild boars can have significant impact on natural environment and agriculture industry, and is considered one of the most harmful invasive species in the United States. They have been called “ecological train wrecks” by being trampled, walled and rooted in sensitive habitats, and they can cause significant damage to farmland and stored crops, she said.

Wild boars can also impact native plants and animals directly through hunting and indirectly through competition for food and habitat destruction. They can spread disease to native wildlife and livestock, such as African swine fever.

“Our goal is to reduce the disease risk of these animals in Ontario’s domestic herd and reduce widespread damage to agricultural crops,” Kerkes said.

He said the ministry considers a number of factors in determining the appropriate way to remove wild boars from the natural environment, such as whether wild boars may be carriers of disease, if they are breeding in the wild, or have been harmed. are, and whether ownership can be determined.

Delaney learned that the pigs were breeding.

“The MNR team saw that in action,” she said. “They were doing everything. They were having a great time.”

He also heard about the fighting and feared the devastation that the next generation of wild boars would bring to the area, if they were not caught. She was impressed that they were caught so quickly.

She said, “I can’t tell you how relieved it is for us to end this. It’s taking a toll on us more than we thought.”

She and her husband live on land, which was acquired by the federal government in the early 1970s for an airport that hasn’t been built since the 1980s, and has long been used to cover the area with runways and airplanes. Working to keep it free.

She said, “We love (the land) deeply and deeply and the environmental devastation that has resulted really cannot be overstated.” “It could have been really awful.”

The origin of the captured pigs is unknown. But since they appear to be, at one time, domesticated, Delaney suspects that it is likely that a livestock owner released them, or they escaped and went unreported.

Any sighting of wild boars in Ontario should be reported to [email protected]

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