A herd of wild boars has been seen hanging around several houses in the southern region of Calabria. The wild boars stayed on the outskirts of the city and did not enter any buildings, although they were seen surrounding houses built next to the field.
The wild boar problem in Italy is far from over, despite efforts to reduce its presence in cities.
A herd of wild boars has been seen hanging around several houses in the southern region of Calabria, according to the Italian news agency ANSA.
Catanzaro thus becomes the last city to face a pig problem.
The wild boars—about 20 in total—stayed on the outskirts of the city and did not enter any buildings, although they were seen surrounding houses built next to the field.
The Councilor for the Environment, Giorgio Arcuri, asked the regional authorities for “adequate measures to tackle this phenomenon”, which probably involves the slaughter of animals.
Italy has had a problem for some time with wild boars taking over its towns and cities in what local media and Italy’s national agricultural group Coldiretti are calling a “large-scale invasion.”
Last year, wild boars took over Rome, where they were filmed in videos shared on social media and international television approaching people, eating scraps of food near rubbish bins, and generally appearing unfazed by them. the busy and crowded streets of the Italian capital.
Authorities have expressed concern about the growing number of wild boars in Italian cities, citing the risk of the animals spreading swine flu or attacking residents. However, his strong approach to the problem—killing the wild boars—has divided society.
In December last year, the government of Giorgia Meloni ordered a wild boar sacrifice in Rome—which was hotly contested by animal rights advocates—that allowed hunters to use bows and arrows to kill the wild boars and eat them. . Hunting of these animals was exceptionally authorized even in areas where it is normally prohibited, such as urban and protected areas.
The decision was condemned by opposition politicians, who accused Meloni of using the opportunity to ingratiate himself with pro-gun and hunting lobbies.
Many local leaders have taken a similarly tough line, including Catanzaro mayor Nicola Fiorita, who last month ordered the slaughter of 30 wild boars that were roaming a city park.
Additional sources • Angélica Parra Hernández
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