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October 14, 2021

What We’re Reading | Destructive, invasive wild pigs in Alberta have breached national park boundary for 1st time

Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

One of the most destructive and rapidly spreading invasive species on the continent has been found for the first time in a Canadian national park.

Wild pigs, which tear up landscapes and eat everything from roots to bird eggs to deer, are regularly present in Elk Island National Park — the only fully fenced national park, located about 40 kilometres east of Edmonton, says Parks Canada.

“Public sightings and video sightings provided by landowners confirm that there is at least one sounder (a sow and piglets) in the region that is known to periodically come into the park,” spokesperson Janelle Verbruggen said.

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