Due to Covid, wild boars have increased their presence in the countryside and in the cities

DinnerMay 11, 2022 – at 19.57

According to Coldiretti’s estimates, they multiplied by a 15 percent increase. And the CIA is calling for a regional task force

from Cinzia Semeraro

With the Covid emergency, which has reduced the human presence in the open for several months, they have multiplied by a 15% increase, the wild boars that invade cities and landscapes of Puglia. This is what appears from the estimate regarding Coldiretti Puglia which calls for swift action against the exponential increase in wild boar following the wounding of a fourteen-year-old in Castellaneta, Taranto province, attacked by a wild boar and bitten in the hand during play.

An invasion affecting the whole of Puglia, which poses a danger to the security of the citizens and to agricultural activities. Wild boar reach 180 centimeters in length, can reach two hundred in weight and have tusks that in some cases reach up to 30 centimeters, resulting in similar to real weapons with fatal consequences for humans and animals as well as becoming instruments of destruction in fields. grown and harvested.


The responsibility of the institutions is necessary for immediate action to limit the wild boar population, because it is necessary to reduce their numbers through hunting activities, the control measures in Law 157/92 with Article 19 and the programmable actions in the network of protected areas and even in built-up areas, he says Savino Muraglia, President of Coldiretti Puglia. Crews – stressing the regional Coldiretti – are moving ever closer to homes and schools, to the parks where children play, destroy crops, attack animals, besiege stables, cause traffic accidents with dead and injured people and scratch among the rubbish with dangers to human health and safety.

The situation became unsustainable in the countryside with damage of at least EUR 20 million per year to agricultural production, but – emphasizes Coldiretti Puglia – the environmental balance of vast territorial ecosystems in areas of naturalistic value has also been compromised by the loss of both animal and plant biodiversity. Without forgetting the danger of spreading diseases, which is highlighted by the same surveillance and prevention plan for 2021 published by the Ministry of Health, which reiterates how wild boar have a fundamental responsibility for the spread of African swine fever (Psa) and therefore one of the necessary in Italy measures the numerical management of the population of these animals. The action must therefore, according to the plan – continues Coldiretti Puglia – be aimed at both numerical and spatial reduction through hunting activities, control actions of Article 15 of Law 157/92 and programmable actions in the network of protected areas.

In Puglia, after the blockade of the Covid emergency, wild boar have reached a record 250,000 specimens – Coldiretti emphasizes – with wildlife in the cities looking for food among the rubbish, in parks and even in the farms of houses with obvious health risks. There are those who have found a wild boar in the pool, those who have crossed them in the sea and even those – as Coldiretti points out – have photographed those who enjoy their siesta on an abandoned mattress next to the bins.

There are many unresolved issues – reports Coldiretti Puglia – to which there is still no answer, ranging from the latest in the confrontation between parks and the Puglia region to the SEA for the monitoring and management plan for wild boar species, from the implementation of the Council Decision a regional computer procedure, is intended to allow landowners to forward the request for control interventions on “exposed” land to the regional regulation for the activity of selection hunting, up to the regional register of hunters authorized for selection hunting, which there are still no traces of.

The herds of wild boar – emphasizes the regional Coldiretti – are getting closer and closer to homes and schools, to the parks, where children play, destroy crops, attack animals, besiege stables, cause traffic accidents with dead and injured people and scratch among the waste with dangers to human health. and security.

Without forgetting the danger of spreading diseases, which is highlighted by the same surveillance and prevention plan for 2021 published by the Ministry of Health, which reiterates how wild boar have a fundamental responsibility for the spread of African swine fever (Psa) and therefore one of the necessary in Italy measures the numerical management of the population of these animals. Therefore, the action under the plan – Coldiretti Puglia concludes – must be aimed at both numerical and spatial reduction through hunting activities, control actions under Article 15 of Law 157/92 and programmable actions in the network of protected areas.

CIA Puglia asks for a task force

A regional task force must be set up to achieve selective and controlled killing of wild boar. asks Cia Puglia Due Mari, expressing solidarity with the fourteen-year-old from Castellaneta Marina attacked and bitten by an adult boar. We have been calling for this for some time, the President declared Pietro De Padova alternatively, sterilization and the final realization of the wild boar meat supply chain may be useful. According to the President, we are now witnessing a strange phenomenon that must make us reflect: an excessive protection against animal species and the underestimation of the dangers to humans and agriculture that the spread of certain species entails. Wild boars are more and more and cause dozens of accidents – emphasizes the director Vito Rubino – they are voracious and aggressive animals, which move in herds have the ability to damage and destroy entire cultivated fields and now to attack humans. A situation that can no longer be underestimated, as it is a real emergency that must be dealt with immediately to prevent the irreparable from happening.

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11 May 2022 | 19:57

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