Wild Boars Are Running Wild in Hong Kong

Wild boars are a common sight in Hong Kong along hiking trails. They are often fed by people despite appeals by authorities not to do so as they could transmit diseases and may gather in large numbers. Previous attempts to relocate and sterilize the boars “could not effectively control the wild pig nuisance,” the department said.

But lately they have been on the increase and have been attacking people. One bit a police officer. Experts used dart guns to capture seven wild boars, which were later put down via medicine injections, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said in a statement.

“There were about 30 cases of wild boars attacking humans, we can’t simply sit on our hands while things deteriorate,” said Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam at a news conference stating also that public safety is priority.

A petition by groups including Hong Kong Animal Post and Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group said that the measures announced by the agriculture department to regularly capture and put down wild boars “ignores their right to live and considers their existence in urban areas as a capital offense. This approach is extremely unreasonable and contradicts previous animal management policy principles.”

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