Problems with Wild Boars

Chatting with the owner of an extensive vineyard in the hills, I was amazed to hear about the numbers of wild boars roaming around ruining the crops.

Some years ago, because hunters are always keen to shoot large beasts, they imported a new strain from Hungary. These animals are bigger than the indigenous ones, and they have bred so successfully that they are causing a huge problem and the huntsmen can’t keep pace with their breeding rate. (Each sow produces two litters a year, with 12 piglets at a time.)

My friend estimates that there are about 10,000 in the Euganean Hills, costing the local economy €100,000 in damage to crops, woodland and footpaths. Even though the meat is served in many local restaurants, it isn’t easy to get the meat to the table. European regulations insist on approved slaughterhouses rather than a farmer with a gun.

The surprising thing is, I’ve never seen one in all the years I’ve known the area. No wonder the huntsmen are frustrated at such difficult targets!

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4 Responses to Problems with Wild Boars

  1. Clare says:

    Are they a bit like yeti or the Loch Ness monster – ever so slightly mythical? At least in those numbers!

  2. Myra says:

    They must be. You wouldn’t think there would be room on the hills for so many!

  3. sandro says:

    For the first time, this evening, I saw some wild boars. A sow with five piglets.
    They were at 30 mt from me. I was quite scared.
    They were 5 hundred mt past the last house of our town.
    Next time we’ll see them in the library!!!

  4. Myra says:

    I hope they’re not in the library when we have our English classes!