Fourteen wild boars that had been roaming in Pickering have been captured and euthanized by the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry.
The wild boars were all trapped using marshmallows and peanut butter.
The agency started an investigation into the boars after citizen complaints in November and all the pigs were dead by Dec. 6.
“The ministry considers many factors in determining the appropriate method for removing wild pigs from the natural environment, such as, whether wild pigs could be a vector for disease, if they are breeding in the wild or are causing damage, and whether ownership can be determined,” the ministry said in a news release.
“Staff worked with local landowners to learn where the pigs were frequenting and placed bait and trail cameras in the area. On November 30, 11 wild pigs were captured by NDMNRF and the remaining 3 pigs were captured on December 6.”
The ministry says the wild pigs were humanely euthanized and will be sent for necropsy and research.
Wild pigs are an invasive species, and they are not native to Canada and can carry up to 80 diseases.
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“Invasive wild pigs can have significant impacts on the natural environment and agricultural industry. They are considered one of the most damaging invasive species in the United States and have been called an ‘ecological train wreck’ due to trampling, wallowing, and rooting in sensitive habitats, and the significant damage they can cause to farmlands and stored crops.,” the ministry says.