Residents of North Pickering, Ontario, have been trying to control the wild boar situation for the past two weeks.
Both Pickering Animal Services and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forest Services have been working together to catch 14 loose pigs.
Lindsey Narraway, a supervisor at Pickering Animal Services, said there haven’t been too many problems yet, but that’s why it’s important to get them under control.
“Like any pig, they can get into people’s gardens, farmers’ fields, and they can be really destructive,” Narraway says.
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They have been seen in various places crossing rural roads and heading to various agricultural fields. Narraway, who has been helping the MNR, says it has been a chore trying to find these pigs.
Pickering resident Dave Haughton found six of them while driving down a minor road in North Pickering.
The MNR says they appear to be Eurasian wild boars, but it is unclear where they may have come from.
“It is a job that I think you need a lot of patience. MNR personnel have been at the scene since the first day they received these reports. “
The sightings have been reported since November 2. MNR officials say people should be careful if they see pigs and warn them not to approach or feed them.
If you see any of the pigs on the run, you can contact the Ministry at wildp[email protected] or call their wild pig hotline at 1-833-933-2355.
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