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Thread: Reconsider Wild Boar Hunting

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    Something that needs to be re-considered for those guys that thought it would be great to have Wild Boar hunting in Ontario...

    “Hogs continue to be a primary concern,” stated the LDWF in its annual deer report in 2014. “Research shows that deer and hogs do not mix and that deer can be displaced by hogs. Research has shown that deer detection rates can be up to 49% less where hogs occur. Hog populations affect deer numbers through direct competition for food resources and fawn predation. Hogs carry infectious diseases such as Leptospirosis, brucellosis, and pseudo-rabies.”


    The impact that hogs have in deer are not only noticeable, but very significant. When the pigs are not actively preying on deer, they compete with them for food and space while at the same time, they also degrade their habitat. All around, hogs are having a greater impact on deer than experts previously expected. Unlike deer, hogs are highly adaptable and can also breed very quickly. If you ever wondered just how feral pigs have managed to become such a nuisance, keep in mind that a single sow can produce an average of 12 piglets every year. At this rate, biologists propose that 75 percent of the total swine population must be harvested every year to maintain a stable number of pigs.
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    Besides the odd flippant remark about hog hunting being enjoying if they ever show up here,I doubt anyone who has read about or listened to Americans of the unbelievable damage these things do to the natural environment would actually be glad to see them show up in this province.

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    Momma pig is just returning the fawn to it's mother.

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    ... jesus... 75% harvest rate just to maintain balance? if there are in Ontario, pretty damn hard to find them.

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    I have no doubt they are incredibly destructive to both the environment and agriculture but not so sure about how detrimental they are to deer numbers. If you look at Texas as an example they are the epicentre of all things feral hog with a population estimated at 3 million hogs. They also have a whitetail population of 3.6 million. Comparing to Ontario and factoring in the amount of habitat, they have a deer density that is double ours while also having fully 50% of all the wild hogs in North America. Something doesn't add up - the hogs can't be preying on or harming the deer numbers at anywhere close to the rate that say our coyotes do. In any event I have no desire to see them in Ontario - Texas can keep them.
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    How about Raptors maybe in another 50 years when they perfect switching on and off the genes in a chicken.
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    Not too sure about that study, plenty of deer and boar living together in Europe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabast View Post
    Not too sure about that study, plenty of deer and boar living together in Europe.
    Exactly.
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    i agree - it would be childish to think they feed on bambies.... Ontario is very much an ideal habitat and they are a great game...

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    Exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabast View Post
    Not too sure about that study, plenty of deer and boar living together in Europe.
    Well we have plenty of deer and coyotes living together here in Ontario...so I guess coyotes don't hurt the deer population either. And they have CWD and deer in Wisconsin...

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