Alberta effort blows the whistle on wild pigs

Over three years, 314 wild pigs have been removed

A program in Alberta is helping the province manage its wild pig population. The Alberta Invasive Species Council says reported pig sightings have doubled over the three years of its Squeal on Pigs campaign. After receiving reports of wild pigs (Sus scrofa) from the public, trappers are dispatched to remove them. Since the program began in 2021, 314 pigs have been removed. Officials don’t know how many wild pigs are in the province, but a University of Alberta effort is deploying trail cameras to try to get an estimate.

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Header Image: Wild pigs rooting behavior can be destructive to natural and agricultural landscapes. Credit: Steve Hillebrand/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service