County bans wild boars

Wild boar have been banned in Red Deer County.

Wild boar have been banned in Red Deer County.

Council prohibited the bristle-backed critters on Tuesday for fears escaped animals could pose a danger and proliferate to become a major nuisance.

The county has moved to ban wild boar since it got wind a breeding facility was already in operation near Penhold. That well-secured facility will not be affected by the new ban.

Mayor Jim Wood said there are plenty of opportunities to raise domestic pigs in the county without the need for wild boar, which are raised primarily for staged hunts.

“Let’s protect the agricultural side. That’s where we’re headed here,” he said.

Coun. Philip Massier said wild boar are only one among a number of agricultural and environmental threats, including weeds, insects and aquatic species, that have been emerging.

“(Wild boar are) something new and I think we’ve got to get in on the ground floor,” he said.

Massier said the existing facility would not be affected by the prohibition as long as it complied with existing regulations.

“We’re not getting in your way to continue the great work you do,” he said.

But the county can’t be sure less conscientious wild boar operators may set up in the future, he added.

A number of other Alberta rural municipalities, most recently Mountain View County, have moved to ban wild boar because of the threat posed by escaped animals, which can breed quickly and have proven to be resilient survivors in the wild.

Ray McKinnon, who runs the only breeding facility in the county, told council at Tuesday’s public hearing that his operation exceeds all provincial standards and has been inspected twice.

His 50 or so boar are secured within electrified double fencing with only a single locked double gate for access. Whenever boar are moved, a second person with a firearm stands guard to ensure none can run off.

“Escaping is not even possible. It’s just not.”

The facility is run by the non-profit Hoggin’ Alberta group, which has held fundraising hunts for Wounded Warriors, as well as other fundraisers for Ronald McDonald House and other charities.

McKinnon said they already have other events planned and are continuing to search for a fenced site in Central Alberta to hold wild boar hunts.

pcowley@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Trans Mountain CEO says shovels could be in ground on pipeline by September

CALGARY — The CEO of the Crown corporation building the Trans Mountain… Continue reading

Alberta government looking to speed up job accreditation for foreign workers

EDMONTON — The Alberta government wants to ensure that foreign-trained professionals and… Continue reading

Tax credits, penalizing big polluters, key to Conservative climate plan

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says his climate plan will be… Continue reading

Trudeau promises to legislate implementation of UNDRIP if re-elected

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising that a re-elected Liberal… Continue reading

Make passports free to ease new no-fly list measures, federal panel suggests

Ottawa should consider making passports free to everyone for a year to… Continue reading

WATCH: New RDC president has three decades of experience working at colleges and universities

Peter Nunoda says he’s ‘excited’ to help transition the college into a university

Trans Mountain CEO says shovels could be in ground on pipeline by September

CALGARY — The CEO of the Crown corporation building the Trans Mountain… Continue reading

Alberta government looking to speed up job accreditation for foreign workers

EDMONTON — The Alberta government wants to ensure that foreign-trained professionals and… Continue reading

Tax credits, penalizing big polluters, key to Conservative climate plan

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says his climate plan will be… Continue reading

Trudeau promises to legislate implementation of UNDRIP if re-elected

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising that a re-elected Liberal… Continue reading

Make passports free to ease new no-fly list measures, federal panel suggests

Ottawa should consider making passports free to everyone for a year to… Continue reading

Canada resettled more refugees than any other country in 2018, UN says

OTTAWA — As the number of displaced people worldwide reaches modern highs,… Continue reading

Trudeau to meet Pelosi, McConnell, as well as Trump in Washington

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet Nancy Pelosi, President Donald… Continue reading

Acts of kindness emerge at chaotic Raptors rally derailed by shooting

TORONTO — When gunshots sparked panic and chaos at a massive outdoor… Continue reading

Most Read