Hunters in Saskatchewan can now hunt wild boar without a license.
Environment minister Herb Cox says amendments to Wildlife Regulations now allow Saskatchewan hunters to hunt wild boar without any license.
Safety expectations remain with hunters not hunting along roads or road allowances and asking permission to hunt on private property.
The removal of stray animal designation to wild boar means rural municipalities are no longer responsible for wild boar capture and containment.
Stricter fencing requirements for farmed wild boar are intended to reduce the number of wild boar that escape.
Agriculture minister Lyle Stewart says the move enables landowners and producers to better protect their livestock, crops and pasture.
He encourages anyone looking for support in controlling escaped wild boar to take part in a control program administered by the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation.
Boars from Asia and Europe were imported to Saskatchewan in the late 1970s as domestic livestock, but they escaped from farms and created problems in wild areas throughout the province.
Free ranging wild boar have been reported in more than 60 rural municipalities across Saskatchewan.
Wild boar have damaged golf courses and crops, harassed livestock, threatened people and destroyed some fragile plant communities.
SARM president Ray Orb welcomes the changes, saying wild boar pose a danger to people, personal property, other wildlife and livestock.