After fleeing farms, terrifying ‘deer-eating’ pigs take over the park and invade traps.
Pigs have broken through the fence that surrounds Elk Island National Park in Alberta, Canada. Experts worry that when the pigs expand, other parks will be next. A swarm of wild pigs known to consume deer have infiltrated a fully protected national park, earning them the moniker “the most invasive creatures on the planet” by experts.
In addition to the park’s resident deer, the monsters have been observed at Elk Island National Park in Alberta, Canada, where they eat tree roots and birds.
Since escaping from farms in the area in the 1990s, they’ve been a reoccurring problem, to the point where the Alberta government has a wild pig extermination program.
The eradication squad’s leader, Perry Abramenko, stated that reports of the pigs are “growing every year” and that they don’t know if there are “hundreds or thousands” of them.
He went on to say that they had now infiltrated 28 different Alberta counties.
“Capturing them is a great challenge. He described them as “suspicious.”
“They scatter as soon as there’s any form of hunting disturbance.” They are spreading to new regions. They turn into nocturnal creatures. They become extremely cautious of humans, and any trapping efforts we make become ineffective.” To make matters much more difficult, after a sighting is reported, the catching process can take weeks of setting up remote cameras and bait.
Parks Canada official Janelle Verbruggen noted that at least one sounder (a sow and piglets) has been confirmed by sightings in the park right now.
“Physical indications of rooting and public sightings imply there may be a second sounder,” she continued.
Parks Canada has now requested assistance from the Alberta government.
Piggie pests are a hybrid species made up of farm pigs and European wild boars, and they can weigh up to 150 kilograms. They have spread across an 800,000 square kilometer range since their escape 30 years ago.
According to Ryan Brook of the University of Saskatchewan’s Canadian Wild Pig Research Project, they are “the single most successful invasive big mammal on the earth.”
“They wallow in marshes and tear them up to create their nests,” he stated.
“They pollute water with muck and germs, harm crops, endanger public safety, and can spread disease to humans, pets, animals, and wildlife.”
Elk Island is the only national park that has been plagued by the pig, despite its fencing. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.