There have been many sightings of wild pigs reported in Manitoba over the last decade, and we suspect the population is growing. Wild pigs are an invasive species that ruin wildlife habitat, put our native wildlife species at risk, damage cropland and pose a significant disease risk to farm-raised pigs. A total population estimate and accurate location information is not currently available.
To get a better understanding of the wild pig population in Manitoba, and to concentrate eradication efforts in the right areas, Manitoba Pork strongly encourages producers and the general public to report all sightings of wild pigs to your local Manitoba Sustainable Development office.
When reporting, please include:
- Date and time of day the pigs were observed
- Legal land description, geo-coordinates, or other specific description of the location (a cell phone photo with location service turned on will automatically include the geolocation coordinates)
- Number and age class of pigs (i.e. number of adults and number of piglets, if applicable)
- Observed behaviour of the pigs (i.e. are they causing any habitat/property damage or displaying
- aggressive behaviour toward people or domestic animals?)
Conventional hunting has been shown to increase wild pig populations by encouraging them to spread out and breed further. Manitoba Pork discourages the conventional hunting of wild pigs, opting instead for a collaborative and coordinated eradication approach. If you do harvest a wild pig, it is a legal requirement to report it to the local Sustainable Development office within seven days.