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Saskatchewan imposes moratorium on feral hog farms, tightens regulations

Saskatchewan imposes moratorium on feral hog farms, tightens regulations

The Saskatchewan government has imposed a moratorium on new feral hog farms after decades of increasing feral hog populations.

The province also says existing farms need a permit and must be inspected regularly.

Sask Pork President Toby Tschetter says the regulations will help the industry respond to animal escapes and potential disease outbreaks.

Research from the University of Saskatchewan shows that feral hogs, a mix of wild boars and domestic pigs, became a problem in the 1990s when many of them fled cattle ranches and adapted to the prairies.

The study found that the animals have been expanding their territory in Canada by nine percent per year, threatening native species such as nesting birds, deer, crops and livestock.

It says that the pigs have also adapted to the freezing cold and can reproduce in any season.