The new coordinated approach includes an expanded trapping and control program, compensation for farmers and two separate bounty programs – one for landowners and trappers, and another for hunters.
“Wild boar at large are a threat to our animals and environment, as well as a vector for diseases like African swine fever. We are taking action to get rid of this menace and help those affected by it before it gets worse.”
The expanded trapping and control program involves active surveillance in several counties and more active traps across the province.
As well, wild boar damage is now included in the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program administered by the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation.
A modified remuneration program will also be implemented for landowners and government-approved trappers, subject to agreements with participating counties.
To help its wild boar surveillance efforts, Alberta is also implementing a one-year bounty pilot program for hunters. As their expiry dates near, both programs will be evaluated for effectiveness and next steps will be determined. To date, the County of Stettler and the Municipal District of Peace have signed on to both remuneration programs.
Albertans can help protect our province’s animals, agriculture and ecosystems. If you see a wild boar or signs of their activity, email [email protected] or call 310-FARM (3276) to report it.
- The Whole Sounder Trapping Incentive Program began April 1 and runs until March 31, 2024.
- Government-approved trappers will be compensated $75 per set of ears per sounder, encouraging the elimination of entire sounders.
- Landowners who work with approved trappers are eligible for $75 per set of ears.
- The Wild Boar at-Large Ear Bounty program began April 1 and runs until March 31, 2023.
- Hunters who turn in wild boar ears will receive $75 per set.
- Both programs will be administered by participating municipalities, which will be listed on alberta.ca.
- Wild boar at large have been documented in 28 rural municipalities.
- Listed as a pest under Alberta’s Pest and Nuisance Control Regulation, wild boar at large can cause damage to crops and property, endanger livestock and people, spread disease and negatively alter the ecosystem.