Coldiretti Puglia, 250,000 besieged cities and landscapes

Coldiretti Puglia, 250,000 besieged cities and landscapes

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With the Covid emergency, which has reduced the presence of humans outdoors for several months, wild boar invading cities and landscapes in Puglia have multiplied by a 15% increase. This is what emerges from the assessment of Coldiretti Puglia, who calls for urgent action against the exponential rise in wild boar after the wound of a fourteen-year-old in Castellaneta in the province of Taranto, attacked by a wild boar and bitten in the hand while playing.

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.

“We need the responsibility of the institutions 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 actions that can be programmed in the network of protected areas and also in built-up areas, ”said Savino Muraglia, president of Coldiretti Puglia.

Crews – stressing the Coldiretti region – 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 safety .

The situation has become unsustainable in the countryside with damage to at least 20 million euros a year for agricultural production, but – points out Coldiretti Puglia – the environmental balance of huge territorial ecosystems in areas of naturalistic value is also compromised with 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 measures in Italy is the numerical control of the population of these animals. Therefore, the action under the plan – continues Coldiretti Puglia – should be aimed at both numerical and spatial reduction through hunting activities, control actions under Article 197/92 Article 19 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 also those who – highlights Coldiretti – have photographed them enjoying 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, 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, which has provided for a regional computerized procedure enabling landowners to forward the request for control intervention on “exposed” lands to the regional regulation for the activity of selection hunting, up to the regional register of hunters authorized for selection hunting for which there is still no trace; 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 measures in Italy is the numerical control 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.

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