Parts of Canada have a serious problem on their hands and if something doesn’t change, Americans may soon be facing those same issues. The subject of this particular problem might come as a surprise, but the issue at hand is wild pigs. The feral pigs were brought to Canada in the 80s and 90s as a way to diversify the country’s agricultural efforts. What was meant to be a good thing wound up being an ecological catastrophe.
The feral pigs destroyed much of Canada’s native plant life. Recent studies have shown that the wild swine have moved across the country and are present in every Canadian state with the exception of the Maritimes. Now, there are fears that the wild pigs could eventually make their way into the United States.
The United States already has plenty of the wild pigs, but they’re mostly present in the more southern states. They’ve been around for hundreds of years, originally brought over from Europe and Asia as a food source. Today, the wild pigs wreak havoc in more than 30 states throughout the U.S. They represent such an ecological threat that many states have authorized the pigs to be killed in any way possible and with no limits to the numbers of animals that can be harvested.
Now, the northern states are afraid that they’ll soon be facing the same problems. Border states like Montana and North Dakota are keeping a close eye on the movements of the wild pigs in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Some states, including Oregon, Washington, and Idaho have banded together to create programs that encourage their citizens to report sightings of wild pigs. Of the reports the states have received over the past couple of years, most have been on pigs that came in from bordering southern states.
These northern states don’t have laws in place that allow for the open and essentially unrestricted hunting of the wild pigs, but that may be something that’s adopted down the road if the Canadian swine cross the border. For now, the governments of the respective northern states are simply asking that if any wild swine is spotted, citizens should call local wildlife resources immediately.