Signs of wild boar activity

Learn to identify signs of wild boar at large.


Surveillance is key to eliminating the threat of invasive wild boar in Alberta. You can help by learning to recognize signs of their activity and reporting sightings.


Figure 1. Albertans are more likely to see signs of a wild boar, such as this scat, than to see a boar.

Wild boar scat laying in leaves on the ground

Crop damage

Figure 2. Crops damaged by wild boar

Close-up of crop damage from wild boar

Figure 3. Aerial view of wild boar crop damage

Overhead view of crop damage from wild boar


Figure 4. Damage caused by wild boar rolling around (rooting and wallowing)

Close up of mud showing area that has been damaged by wild boar wallowing

Tracks and trails

Figure 5. Wild boar tracks are larger and rounder than deer tracks. Image credit: Alberta Invasive Species Council

Close up of wild boar tracks in snow with a human foot next to them

Figure 6. Tracks from a sounder (group) of wild boar

Close-up of wild boar or sounder tracks in snow

Wild boar nest

Figure 7. Nest of wild boar at large

Close-up of wild boar nest site with snow around it

Report wild boar

If you see wild boar at large, or signs of wild boar activity:

  1. Safely take a picture.
  2. Note the location.
  3. Fill in our online reporting form:

Report a sighting