The invasion at the southern border isn’t the only border issue facing Americans.
There is a dangerous threat to the U.S. flooding in from the north.
That’s because these destructive deer-eating invaders have stormed across the Canadian border, wreaking havoc everywhere they go.
The United States is facing billions of dollars in damage thanks to this Canadian invader.
Not your father’s Canadian Bacon
Massive amounts of damage are already inflicted annually in the U.S. by feral hogs.
But these Canadian “super pigs” are far worse than the normal porkers that devastate the American landscape.
Dr. Ryan Brook, lead researcher of the University of Saskatchewan’s Canadian Wild Pig Research Project, told Field and Stream earlier this year, “The U.S. has a 400-plus year history with invasive wild pigs, but we didn’t have any here until the early 1980s.”
“There was a big push to diversify agriculture with species like wild [boars] and ostriches. Wild boars were brought in from Europe to be raised on farms across Canada,” said Brook.
The hog imports from Eurasia kept on meat farms and in hunting preserves were crossbred with domestic pigs, resulting in the new “super pigs.”
These monster swine are larger, hardier, and capable of surviving in extremely cold climates.
“For surviving in cold winters, one of the rules of ecology is the bigger, the better,” said Brook.
“Larger-body animals survive the cold better and have better reproduction in those conditions.”
But after decades of farmers supersizing their ham and bacon, the Canadian market for farmed pigs crashed.
So, some farmers freed their now unprofitable hybrid hogs, and others escaped.
Spreading like locusts
It didn’t take long for the population of feral pigs to skyrocket across the country.
They have a short gestation period of only 114 days, an average litter of 4-12 piglets, and females can get pregnant at 6 months of age.
So the wild pigs spread like locusts across the Canadian prairie, quickly covering some 620,000 square miles of territory.
The University of Saskatchewan says a male hybrid wild hog’s territory can be as large as 115.8 square miles in summer.
These massive creatures weigh between 120 and 250 pounds but can grow up to 400 pounds.
And in a real shocker, these porkers can also run 30 mph.
The brutal Canadian winters toughened up the hogs, which will “feed on anything.”
They eat tons of goslings and ducklings in the spring. They can take down a whitetail deer, even an adult.
“Originally, it was like, ‘Wow, this is something we can hunt.’ But it’s become clear that they’re threatening our whitetail deer, elk, and especially waterfowl. Not to mention the crop damage.”
Brook also said, “Wild pigs are so widespread that they are a major challenge to control in Canada, and eradication is only possible with a comprehensive plan to deal with this highly efficient invasive species. In Saskatchewan, they are already posing significant risks to agriculture and livestock production. Our mapping of their expanding territory shows just how quickly they are spreading. This is a rapidly emerging crisis.”
But devouring crops and anything with a pulse is not the only issue; the wild pigs also carry diseases like African swine fever.
Brook warned in January of 2023 that the hybrid pigs were about to become an American problem, pointing out the hybrid pigs had been sighted less than 10 miles from the U.S. border.
And, he pointed out, there is nothing to stop them from stampeding into America.
“Nobody should be surprised when pigs start walking across that border if they haven’t already,” said Brook. “The question is: What will be done about it?”
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