The Province is launching a new initiative to prevent invasive species from establishing or spreading in the province.
"Our government recognizes that invasive species pose a real threat to Ontario's environment and economy," said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. "The proposed rules under the Invasive Species Act would establish several new safeguards against the plants, fish, and animals threatening Ontario's biodiversity and socio-economic well-being."
That includes the scourge of wild pigs which can also spread diseases to native wildlife and livestock. They have been sighted near Temagami, but mostly live in the south.
The government wants feedback from stakeholders, Indigenous communities, and the public on two proposals on the Environmental Registry of Ontario.
The first proposal outlines the new rules under the invasive Species Act, 2015 that would regulate an additional 13 invasive species, including wild pigs. It builds on existing recommendations and practices to prevent the introduction and further spread of aquatic invasive species into Ontario's lakes and rivers.
The ministry is also seeking input through a second posting on a draft strategy entitled Ontario's Strategy to Address the Threat of Invasive Wild Pigs. In jurisdictions where wild pigs have become established, they have had significant impacts on the environment and agricultural industry.
Together, the actions outlined in the draft strategy and the proposed new rules for wild pigs under the Invasive Species Act aim to prevent wild pigs from becoming established in Ontario.
The Invasive Species Act, 2015 currently lists 20 species.
Invasive wild pigs have been called an ‘ecological train wreck’ due to trampling, wallowing, and rooting in sensitive habitats and the significant damage they can cause to farmlands and stored crops.