Compulsory Reporting of Harvested Feral Pigs

Regulation Number: 
2020-0-10
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Province-Wide
Regulation Type: 
General Open Season
Species: 
Feral Pig
Closing Date: 
January 19, 2020 at midnight
Decision Statement: 

This regulation was approved as proposed and is included in the 2020-2022 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis.

Current Regulations: 

Feral pigs (a pig of the genus Sus that is not in captivity or is not otherwise under a person's control) are on Schedule C of the Wildlife Act, which provides them with minimal legal protection; as an invasive and ecologically damaging species, licenced hunters are encouraged to kill feral pigs. However, there is no requirement for hunters to report if they kill a feral pig.

Proposed Regulations: 

Require hunters to report the location, date, and sex of harvested pigs.

Rationale: 

Feral pigs are causing significant damage in other jurisdictions in North America; it is estimated that feral pigs cost about $1.5 to $2.5 billion in damage annually in the U.S.A.

The distribution and abundance of feral pigs in B.C. is not well understood, there are occasional reports of sightings, but very little evidence of their presence. The designation of feral pigs as Schedule C wildlife was a proactive measure, put in place in 2014, as an attempt to reduce the likelihood of this invasive species establishing in the province.

In order to gain a better understanding of the abundance, and more importantly the distribution, of feral pigs in B.C., the Province is proposing to require all hunters that harvest a feral pig to report the location, date, and sex of the harvested pig.