Escaped pigs surprise BC golfers – 100 Mile House Free Press

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Ann Turner and three friends were surprised and a little concerned when what appeared to be two wild boars came out of the woods while golfing at the Cowichan Golf Club on June 18.

Turner said they thought they were definitely boars because they were black and brown in color and apparently had small tusks protruding from their mouths.

“They seemed to be looking for something to eat in the grass on the golf course,” she said.

“They didn’t seem terribly scared of us and one of them walked up to it. They just wandered around for a while then moved away from us.

Cowichan Golf Club spokesman Norm Jackson said this is not the first time the club and area have had to deal with stray pigs over the years.

But he said they were not wild animals and had escaped from a farm near the club, which is south of Duncan.

“The situation has been difficult to manage and there are so many departments that need to be worked through, but we are doing what we can,” Jackson said.

“The animals that come to our property are not aggressive and spend their time looking for food. They haven’t done any damage to our greens so far, but they have done some damage to the edge of the greens along the highways.

A statement from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations said that, based on the images provided, the animals are not Eurasian wild boars and confirmed that they are most likely domestic pigs which have found a way out of their enclosure.

The release says that while the escaped pigs look similar to wild boars to those with untrained eyes, no reports of wild pigs or wild boars in the Cowichan Valley have been reported to the Agent Service. conservation or through the Report Invasives smartphone app or invasive species reporting webpage.

“Provincial government staff have investigated areas with historical and recent reports of feral hogs but, to date, no breeding populations have been identified in British Columbia,” the ministry said.

“Isolated occurrences of confirmed sightings are handled on a case-by-case basis by the Conservation Officer Service, regional biologists, BC invasive wildlife specialists and, in most cases, hog owners. Any sightings of feral pigs should be reported immediately, either through the Report Invasives smartphone app or online at www.gov.bc.ca/invasive-species.


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