County moves ahead with plan to ban wild boar

Wild boar are not welcome in Red Deer County.

Wild boar are not welcome in Red Deer County.

The municipality is moving ahead on a bylaw to ban wild boar and to amend a general penalty bylaw to include stiff fines for those who break the rules. Under the bylaw given first and second readings on Tuesday, wild boars will be prohibited and cannot fall under the meaning of “raising of livestock.” A public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 24, followed by third reading.

A wild boar-raising facility is already located in the county in the Penhold area. As existing legislation stands, raising wild boar could be interpreted as falling within the definition of an agricultural operation and, is therefore, allowed.

If passed, the new regulation changes will close that loophole. Those who break the rules face a $4,000 penalty for a first offence, increasing to $6,000 and $8,000 on second and subsequent offences.

The existing facility is allowed to continue because it was there before the regulation changes.

Mayor Jim Wood remains adamantly opposed to allowing wild boar in the county.

“I truly believe we’re going in the right direction with this,” he said, during council debate on the bylaw changes. “I don’t believe this is taking away the right to eat food. These animals are for hunting purposes.

“We’re talking about hunt farms. We’re not talking about somebody’s ability to eat.”

Wood said other jurisdictions have learned the hard way what devastation wild boar can leave behind if they escape their enclosures and begin breeding in the wild.

Mountain View County is among Central Alberta jurisdictions to recently prohibit wild boar.

Outside the wild boar hunting community, there is little support for raising wild boar, Wood believes.

“The comments I’m hearing from the general public so far is that no one wants an animal that dangerous near them or their family or their kids.”

Wild boar are covered under the province’s Agricultural Pests Act, which gives municipality’s and landowners the power to eradicate the boar on their land. The province has not banned boar ranches, but has a long list of regulations concerning fencing and other measures that must be obeyed.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The interchange at Highway 2 and McKenzie Road at the south end of Gasoline Alley is being redesigned with two roundabouts. Detours will be in place at either end of the overpass during construction, which is expected to begin this month and finish in October. (Graphic from Red Deer County)
Roudabouts coming to McKenzie Road overpass at Gasoline Alley

Project expected to improve traffic flow at busy intersections

A federal strategy to preserve threatened trout could conflict with provincial coal leases in the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies. (Contributed photo by Jeff Lund).
Federal regulations could save Alberta’s bull trout by shutting down mining plans, says biologist

Ottawa’s new strategy identifies a 30-metre protected area along rivers and streams

(Contributed image)
Wolf Creek Public Schools will not participate in curriculum pilot

Central Alberta school jurisdiction joins others across Alberta

The Canadian Forces flag flies outside office buildings in Ottawa, Tuesday March 9, 2021. The commander of Canada’s military police found himself under the microscope this afternoon as members of a parliamentary committee grilled him over how his officers deal with cases of sexual misconduct.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Top military police officer defends unit’s handling of sex misconduct cases

Top military police officer defends unit’s handling of sex misconduct cases

Children's backpacks and shoes are seen at a daycare, in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday May 29, 2018. nbsp; THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Liberals set to dive deeply into child care in April 19 federal budget

Liberals set to dive deeply into child care in April 19 federal budget

Indigenous leaders, experts urge Ottawa to quickly pass UNDRIP bill before election

Indigenous leaders, experts urge Ottawa to quickly pass UNDRIP bill before election

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is seen during a news conference on Parliament hill in Ottawa, Tuesday April 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Opposition parties lay out priorities ahead of Liberal government budget next week

Opposition parties lay out priorities ahead of Liberal government budget next week

Sharis Carr, a nurse at the Aaron E. Henry Community Health Service Center in Clarksdale, Miss., holds a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine that was administered to seniors, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. A second COVID-19 vaccine is being investigated for possible links to blood clots, though the syndrome appears to be extremely rare. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Rogelio V. Solis
Vaccine-induced blood clots under more scrutiny as Canada reports first case

Vaccine-induced blood clots under more scrutiny as Canada reports first case

Jennifer Lopez, left, and Alex Rodriguez take a selfie as they arrive at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in January 2020. VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World will showcase Lopez. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
Selena Gomez and J.Lo headline vax concert for poor nations

NEW YORK — Backed by an international concert hosted by Selena Gomez… Continue reading

A vial of the vaccine by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a company owned by Johnson & Johnson. Federal health officials in the U.S. said early Tuesday they were urging a pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine after reports of six serious blood clots, and officials in Washington state and around the country quickly complied. (Aristide Economopoulos/NJ Advance Media)
How J&J and AstraZeneca differ from the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna

Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine has hit a stumbling block in… Continue reading

An emergency response worker carries an air monitoring device at the site of a crude oil spill at a Trans Mountain Pipeline pump station in Abbotsford, on Sunday, June 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Failed fitting caused 190,000-litre spill at Trans Mountain site in B.C.: TSB

VANCOUVER — A Transportation Safety Board report says the failure of a… Continue reading

Most Read