A herd of 10-15 wild boars reached residential areas of the second largest city in Slovakia – Kosice. The Korzar newspaper writes about this on Wednesday, January 31.
As the head of one of the city’s districts, Igor Petrovchik, noted, local residents noticed the wild boars last week and the city police are no longer able to simply drive the animals away.
“A herd of wild boars walking near the busiest intersection on Festival Square in the immediate vicinity of an apartment building on the border of the municipalities of the Old Town and the municipalities of the North violates all boundaries, especially in connection with the safety of citizens. I ask the district administration, which is responsible for hunting associations, to begin to act energetically and immediately, before an accident occurs,” the publication quotes Petrovchik as saying.
It is noted that previously, in search of fallen fruits, wild boars raided mainly the gardens of local residents. The animals were also seen crossing the busy four-lane road.
The Kosice district administration reported that the department of land and forestry has long been dealing with the problem of wild boars entering the city center. Last fall, a working meeting was already convened on this issue. Among the operational measures being considered are hunters visiting the herd’s locations and scaring the animals away to the hunting grounds, where they can be safely eliminated.
Rescuers advise that when encountering wild boars on an animal trail in the forest, move away to a safe distance as quickly as possible, giving way to them, or, if possible, climb a tree. Boars usually do not appear alone, so when you encounter one, there are usually other animals nearby.
In June 2023, in the Japanese city of Omura in Nagasaki Prefecture, five people, including a two-year-old child, were injured in a wild boar attack. The 1.1 m tall animal bit some and simply knocked some to the ground. The boar was caught two hours after the start of his run.