How many wild boar are actually roaming the prairies? No one knows – not even Dr. Ryan Brook, associate professor at the U of S, who leads the only wild pig research project in the country.
“We have this overwhelming pile of data showing we have a lot of pigs, that they’re reproducing at alarming rates, and that they are spreading quickly,” he said. “The only thing we don’t have yet is a population estimate for the number of wild pigs in the prairies.”Read More
A 200-pound cat spanning eight feet from nose to tail is some people’s worst nightmare, while others spend years trying to catch a glimpse of one in the wild. Some call them cougars and others call them mountain lions, but they’re all the same animal – Puma concolor. Once they lived right across Canada’s southern belt, but settlement and predator persecution extirpated them from many areas, pushing them west toward the safety of the mountains.Read More
Known as the windshield effect, or the windshield phenomenon, people around the world began noticing fewer and fewer dead insects on their vehicles beginning in the early 2000s. The trouble was there was very little research on global insect populations, much less how many smashed ones should be on the average vehicle after a summer highway drive.
“The research to prove it is really starting to come out,” said Dr. Erin Bayne, professor of biological sciences at the University of Alberta. “I certainly have noticed it for a considerable amount of time driving throughout the southern prairies in particular.”Read More
It was the first Tuesday after the Victoria Day and across the country, Canadians were getting back to work after the long weekend. The distant promise of summer seemed real, and a carpet of new, green grass was spreading across cattle country in the West. And then everything changed...Cowboy Country Magazine, January 31, 2014
Dr. Ryan Brook has been trying to incite a war against Saskatchewan’s wild boar for several years, and it appears as though his efforts may now be paying off. A University of Saskatchewan assistant professor, Brook has been studying the wild boar population in the province since 2011. At first, all he wanted to do was confirm what had been largely anecdotal accounts. “We started setting up trail cameras in a few places around Saskatchewan, and we started to see a lot,” he said...Cowboy Country Magazine, April/May 2018
The Covid-19 outbreaks tested the character of Canada’s meat plants – and they passed...Your West Central, 2020
The West was wild long before cowboys romanced it with their grit and charm… and in some pockets, the prairies never did tame down...Cowboy Country Magazine, December 1, 2016