Hosted by: Canadian Council on Invasive Species
Presented by: Gabriela Guigou, Canadian Pork Council and Marnie Zimmer, Canadian Wildlife Health Council
Wild pigs are considered one of the most destructive invasive species in North America. For Canadian pork producers, they are a worry for reasons beyond the damage they do to farms and ecosystems. They could be an uncontrollable factor if ever infected with African swine fever (ASF). This viral disease that continues to spread across the globe, poses a significant risk to the health of the Canadian swine herd, the pork industry and the Canadian economy. Managing wild pigs is one of the measures Canada is taking to prepare for an ASF incursion. We will discuss these implications and also how we are using communications and social media to combat these invasive species through awareness and education.