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'They roam like cats': Spanish city tries to stop wild boar invasion

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Barcelona — Ooni Herds of wild boars are now a common sight in some Spanish cities, and authorities say they have no choice but to capture and destroy them because they pose a danger to humans, but they are allowed to go into the wild. Too accustomed to put back, so used to cleaning.

Wild boars are attracted to garbage cans and people who feed them, roaming and lying in parks and suburban streets, causing scooter and bicycle accidents, and people carrying shopping bags. It often annoys people.

A girl was taken to hospital with injuries after a wild boar encounter in the seaside town of Cadaqués, northeast of Barcelona, ​​this month.

Last year, Barcelona alone reported 1,200 cases of him involving wild boars. Colombian pop star Shakira said she and her son were attacked by an animal while walking in a park in Barcelona.

"No veterinarian likes to kill animals," Carles Connejero, a veterinary technician in charge of a program to manage the wild boar problem in Barcelona, ​​told Reuters. "But we have to do it...we can't release them back into the wild because they've lost their instincts." used to catch a herd of breeding boars.

"This is the worst part of the job," Conegello said as he piled the dead animals into the van.

The problem is not new in Spain, but it was exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic, when wildlife ventured into cities much quieter due to lockdowns. did.

Apart from the planned captures, Barcelona's plans to tackle the wild boar invasion include the protection of trash cans, fines for residents who feed the animals, and public awareness campaigns. It is included. Dead boars are being studied for disease and diet.

Local residents agreed that the practice of feeding wild boars must be stopped.

"The problem is that wild boars are no longer wild animals, they roam like cats," said Alex, 40.

The Spanish Game Resources Institute estimates that the wild boar population exceeds her two. 1 million next year. (Reporting and writing by Miguel Gutierrez; editing by Andrei Kalip and Gareth Jones)