Prairie Post (West Edition) : 2021-02-12

Ag - Matters : 19 : 19

Ag - Matters

Friday, February 12, 2021 19 - Prairie Post West - Wild boar at Large in Alberta a danger to farms and animals ALBERTA AGRICULTUR­E requiremen­ts were put in place to help prevent boar from escaping and becoming pests at-large. When wild boar are in captivity, they are considered livestock as long as the farmer meets the fencing standards. reproducti­on rate of wild boar means that hunting is not an effective means of control. If you have wild boar at-large on your property, call or email Agricultur­e and Forestry instead. They and the municipali­ty will work with you to find a solution. Wild boar are farmed in Alberta as livestock. When they are not being raised as livestock on a farm, they are considered to be “at large” and are an invasive pest that can: Hunting Wild Boar is Not a Solution If you see a wild boar at-large call 310-FARM (3276) or email note the location and safely provide any photos of damage caused by wild boar or the animals themselves. 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