Academic journal article Manitoba History

Wild Boar in Manitoba

Academic journal article Manitoba History

Wild Boar in Manitoba

Article excerpt

If you go down to the woods today, you might be in for a really big surprise: wild boar are loose in prairie woods, here in Manitoba, and are growing in number. This is the same species hunted for meat in Europe, who dig up truffles in France, and have wreaked havoc in Texas. Spreading north in alarming numbers, wild boars are aggressive, tusked and prolific. When a cemetery in Melita, southwest of Brandon, was rooted up one night this fall and some of its lovely 100-year-old headstones displaced, it was thought to be the work of wild boars. In response to this growing development, Manitoba Conservation had declared open season on wild boars.

According to Conservation's website, in the early 1980s, wild boars were introduced to Manitoba as an agriculture diversification initiative. A number of animals have since escaped from holding facilities on some of the farms. Intelligent, hardy and adaptable, they have been able to quickly adapt to harsh conditions, a variety of habitats and the presence of humans. Escaped wild boar have been reported throughout southern Manitoba. The animals not only impact on private property, but also seriously damage native floral and faunal wildlife species through their feeding habits, aggressive behaviour and phenomenal reproductive capability. …

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