A female wild boar shot by an Ontario Provincial police officer in Caledon put the spotlight on the invasive species.
The province of Ontario, Canada holds the wild boar as an invasive species and a threat to human safety, giving properly licensed hunters the go-ahead to kill them.
Senior Wildlife Biologist Mark Ryckman of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters says, “Hunters can shoot wild boars as long as they have a small game license and comply with any discharge by-laws, firearm licensing requirements, and trespassing laws”
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has deemed these wild hogs to have a negative effect on other wildlife and their ecosystems.
They are also known to cause crop damage and can be a threat to humans.
The MNRF has gone as far as to advise hunters to aim more towards the front shoulder of a wild boar because their vital organs are naturally placed more forward in the species.
These animals can weigh as much as 150 pounds or more and can be aggressive towards people.
There were reports of a pig sanctuary called “Ruby Ranch” that had offered to take the boars in, but OPP officers do not carry tranquilizer darts. The MNRF says that “capture has proven difficult” and that “relocation was likely not an option.”