Destructive ‘Super Pigs’ from Canada are Headed to the U.S.

By: | April 11th, 2023

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Canada brought wild boar from Europe in the late 1980s and cross-bred with domesticated pigs to diversify Canadian livestock production. These hybrid wild pigs are called ‘Super Pigs’ due to their size and ability to survive the country’s sub-zero temperatures.

Once the demand for such cross-bred animals decreased in the 2000s, Canadian farmers set the animals free or let them escape into the wild.

The hybrid wild pigs can feed on anything and breed in any season. They have proved to be destructive to environments, and there is no natural predator to stop them.

The Canadian Wild Pig Research Project (CWPRG) shared the map showing the spotting of feral pigs in Canada and summarized it in the short video below. It presents a horrific tale of the rise of the “Super Pig” problem in Canada.

As their numbers swell in Canada, they now threaten to invade the northern parts of the U.S.

The number of pigs in Canada has grown to exorbitantly high numbers where their eradication is no longer possible. They will soon begin appearing on the northern borders of the U.S. as well. 

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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