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Canada’s boar war - Wild pigs are invasive, destructive and dangerous, and their populations in Canada are exploding out of control. How can we fight back?

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    vord
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    Ulitmately you need a predator. 'All you can kill boar' could probably garner some interests from Americans looking for a tourist destination.

    Ulitmately you need a predator. 'All you can kill boar' could probably garner some interests from Americans looking for a tourist destination.

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      stu2b50
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      That's already a thing in Texas - they've got like attack helicopters setup for tourist where you can sit in a helicopter and fire a shotgun at hordes of boars at night with night vision goggles...

      That's already a thing in Texas - they've got like attack helicopters setup for tourist where you can sit in a helicopter and fire a shotgun at hordes of boars at night with night vision goggles and pretend you're Doom Guy. In addition to normal hunting, recreational hunting, trapping, and locals on ATVs who cull them out of necessity to prevent the destruction of their livelihood.

      Not even close to enough. They need a predator perhaps, but it can't be humans.

      7 votes
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        hungariantoast
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        Just from my personal experience, the unspoken part about pig hunting is that a lot of property owners who offer paid hunts, or other people who make money off of hunts, care little about the...

        Just from my personal experience, the unspoken part about pig hunting is that a lot of property owners who offer paid hunts, or other people who make money off of hunts, care little about the impact of boars and make very little effort to actually contain and control them.

        That’s what we did though, on the property @cfabbro mentioned: we inspected every single foot of the perimeter fence and reinforced it so pigs couldn’t get through (or under). Then, methodically, over a period of more than a year, we hunted them until we killed them all.

        That obviously doesn’t scale for the entire state of Texas, but it can work for big properties up to several thousand acres.

        Also, shoot the mamas. The babies will starve.

        7 votes
        1. vord
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          Yea, I did do a little more research on it, and it's a shame. Once you can turn a profit on it, all of a sudden the incentive becomes reversed, because if you do the extermination well your...

          care little about the impact of boars and make very little effort to actually contain and control them.

          Yea, I did do a little more research on it, and it's a shame. Once you can turn a profit on it, all of a sudden the incentive becomes reversed, because if you do the extermination well your business dies.

          A proper answer would probably be run by a non-profit task force in charge of the efforts, such that any payments collected go purely to cover costs.

          3 votes
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          cfabbro
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          Ah, good to hear that you managed to eradicate them off your family's property. Thanks for the update. p.s. How are the zebra doing?

          Ah, good to hear that you managed to eradicate them off your family's property. Thanks for the update.

          p.s. How are the zebra doing?

          2 votes
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            hungariantoast
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            Well there were originally four, then the three mares each gave birth, so there were seven. Now there are eight, and soon there will be ten, because the gestation period for zebras was much...

            Well there were originally four, then the three mares each gave birth, so there were seven. Now there are eight, and soon there will be ten, because the gestation period for zebras was much shorter than we thought.

            So they’re doing really well. The first foal to be born was huge by the way. He was about twice as big as the two that came shortly after and is now almost as big as the adults. We’re hoping he grows up to be a monster 😄

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            1. cfabbro
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              Oh, damn. I was worried you might have bad news, but that’s absolutely awesome news! Sounds like you’re well on your way to having a proper herd. That’s really cool. :)

              Oh, damn. I was worried you might have bad news, but that’s absolutely awesome news! Sounds like you’re well on your way to having a proper herd. That’s really cool. :)

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      2. cfabbro
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        Their piglets may be vulnerable to smaller predators when on their own but they're rarely left alone, and even if a few get picked off, adult wild boars breed like crazy. The adults are also...

        Their piglets may be vulnerable to smaller predators when on their own but they're rarely left alone, and even if a few get picked off, adult wild boars breed like crazy. The adults are also incredibly dangerous, will aggressively defend their family units, and can easily fend off almost every predator NA has to offer except packs of wolves. Their only other natural predators are big cats (leopards, lynx, jaguars, tigers), and Komodo dragons, so releasing more of their predators into the wild is not exactly a viable strategy in the US, NZ, AUS, or here in Canada... especially in the prairies and farmlands where they've now taken root. That's part of why they're such a huge, and steadily growing/spreading problem.

        3 votes
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      AugustusFerdinand
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      There's plenty of invasive wild boar in the US without the added headache of taking firearms across an international border. People that would be willing/able to go through such efforts are more...

      There's plenty of invasive wild boar in the US without the added headache of taking firearms across an international border.
      People that would be willing/able to go through such efforts are more likely to just take one of the simulated mass-murders ...ahem... "full auto machine gun helicopter hunts" instead.

      4 votes
      1. vord
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        TIL it currently exists, and it was exactly what I was thinking for Canada. No need to drag weapons across the border when you could just have some loaners. After finishing the article and...

        TIL it currently exists, and it was exactly what I was thinking for Canada. No need to drag weapons across the border when you could just have some loaners.

        After finishing the article and learning about how 70% of the wild boars need to be killed every year just to keep the population steady, and 90% to see a reduction....military tactics against them don't seem too far-fetched crazy after all.

        5 votes