Date: June 26, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Pacific Time
Presenter: Ruth Aschim, University of Saskatchewan
Overview: Introduced to Canada as livestock in the late 1980's wild boar escaped and were released from farms onto the landscape. In a period of 27 years they have expanded their range across Canada and occupy an area of 777,783km2. Invasive wild pigs pose a significant threat to Canada's ecological and socio-economic systems including but not limited to; loss of biodiversity, soil erosion, water quality degradation, disease transmission, crop damage, and human health and safety concerns. Rapid, aggressive management and control of this invasive species in Canada is required. Presenter Ruth Aschim was lead author of the May 10, 2019 research, published in Nature Scientific Reports, which has identified and mapped the first-ever published distribution of invasive wild pigs in Canada.
Bio: Ruth Aschim is a PhD candidate at the University of Saskatchewan in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources. She completed her undergrad at the U of S in Renewable Resource Management and proceeded onto a Master's program studying wild pigs shortly after. She quickly became excited and passionate about her research and flipped her Master's program into a PhD so she could expand her research on wild pigs in Canada. This research is the first of it's kind in Canada and Ruth hopes that it will create the much needed push for wild pig control across Canada to protect our natural ecosystems, native wildlife, agriculture, and domestic livestock production.