A Russell County man has just been fined $1,000 for failing to notify the Ministry of Natural Resources of 16 escaped wild boars.
The court heard that on August 12, 2008, a conservation officer visited a property near Embrun where numerous wild boars were being kept.
An investigation revealed that 16 wild boars had escaped that spring. The animals were all eventually killed by vehicle collision, predator or hunters with the owner’s consent.
According to the MNR, escaped animals such as wild boars can cause tremendous ecological damage to native ecosystems because of competition for habitat, food and the possibility they might introduce disease into native wildlife populations.
The fine is very unfortunate for the boar-farmer, but evidently the Ministry takes these sorts of things seriously.