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Alberta admits wild pig bounty program just isn Wild boars ravaging Alberta farms and wilderness have outwitted the province's bid to thin their ranks through a paid hunting program that's being cancelled.
A boar war that's placed a $50 bounty on every ear turned in has yielded about 1,000 proof of kills since its kate spade pink backpack start in 2008, says the province. But the results have dwindled, from a high of 199 ears in 2009 to 68 in 2015, leading to its end on March 31, kate spade ladies bags said Perry Abramenko of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Experience has shown that, given the boars' rapid birth rate, anything less than a a quick 70% reduction of a group's numbers won't have the desired impact, he said. Because they're not a natural species in Alberta's wilds, said Abramenko, "our predators didn't evolve with them," to control their numbers. About three decades ago, the animals were introduced to Alberta in farms that raised them mostly for meat. Boars that escaped from those farms quickly reproduced to become a destructive presence and betrayed widely held assumptions they couldn't adapt to the province's frigid climate. They've damaged crops, river banks and through the use of a rigid nose, torn up wilderness areas while rooting for subterranean food. Fugitive porkers have even brought losses to livestock producers, said Abramenko. "They've been known to kate spade cheap gifts chase cattle away from their feed ranchers might not even know they have a problem except their cattle's gotten thin," he said, adding the shaggy beasts can reach 400 lbs, though rarely. The cull program did succeed in gathering data about the elusive hooved pests, notably by placing about half of their culled numbers in areas northwest of Edmonton, said Abramenko. Even so, the next stage in the campaign against the animals is to gather more information about them in collaboration with municipalities and individual Albertans. The government, said Abramenko, doesn't know how many of the boars are roaming free. "I couldn't even hazard a guess," he said. Long time boar rancher Earl Hagman said the reason for the diminishing cull returns is simple: the numbers of fugitive boars has plummeted. "Twenty five years ago, there were a lot more animals than there are today," said Hagman, who's raising about 250 of hoofers on 65 hectares of fenced swamp and muskeg near Mayerthorpe. "There's a lot of hype that surrounds them." Boar ranching in Alberta has also shrunk, said Hagman, from about 100 producers at its height to 10 today. His own operation which supplies restaurants with the prized meat, said the rancher, has also been a source of wild kate spade new york store boars, said the rancher. Since he began ranching 23 years ago, vandals have cut his fences 11 times to allow some of his flock to escape.
"They want animals running around because they're fun to hunt," said Hagman, who also sells rights to boar hunting on his land. "Lots of people come around, asking where they can find boars to hunt." After they know more about their prey, the province could well return to the hunt but in a different form, said Alberta Agriculture's Abramenko.