Are wild boar in Hong Kong turning too aggressive?
First, there was the occasional errant wild boar running through Hong Kong in a panic. Then more casual porcine visitors followed resulting in entertaining Laurel and Hardy-style police chases. Leading police on an up to five hour-long chases has slowly become almost the norm.
Now, wild boar in Hong Kong have established a near-permanent presence. They coexist with humans and, as a matter of fact, profit from the food amused animal lovers hand out to the swine.
Wild boar in California, just like their cousins the wild boar in Hong Kong, love manicured, well-watered front yards where they can easily dig for invertebrates. Or, if all else fails, eat your rose bushes. Urban boar are therefore becoming more numerous in California as well. It is a fact of life.
As humans encroach on wildlife areas and take living space away from wildlife, the displaced animals do the next best and move in with us. Boar are at the forefront of this movement everywhere in the world.
As the number of wild pigs increases and they are getting more familiar with city life, some of the more brazen boar are beginning to cause an occasional serious problem. Recently, a Japanese man was attacked on his way to work in the morning by a panicked boar and bowled over like a bowling pin. In China, wild city boar killed a man who was minding his business.
A Hong Kong police officers did not fare much better. He also was attacked by a grouchy wild boar.
The most recent report of an adversary boar/human interaction comes from Hong Kong. A 70 years old male pedestrian on his peaceful his daily walk, had a group of boar aggressively following him looking for a handout of food. The man felt threatened and tried to chase the boar away throwing a stone at them.
Bad idea! One of them was disappointed and angry enough to take the man’s action as aggression. He responded with an attack on the man. The result?
The boar bit the pedestrian on his right side near his pelvis. A security guard in a nearby residential development called paramedics. They took him to a hospital for treatment of his injuries. A similar fate met two people in September and three in October after boar attacked them.
See, it’s one thing to watch some foolish young man grab a partially domesticated boar on his ears in a staged YouTube video and another to deal with a really wild boar. I strongly suggest you leave the wild boar alone. Your pants and limbs will thank you for it.
So, what should you do then when you encounter a wild pig in its habitat?
We will talk about that in another article for not only hunters but mainly hikers and campers. Hiking and camping are very popular with the new generations while hunting and fishing to a lesser degree are on the decline. Many novice hikers and campers are lacking the knowledge to successfully survive hostile encounters with wildlife.
This is also the point where the interests of hunters and other outdoor user converge. Only by uniting The ceaseless attacks of anti-hunting and anti-outdoor forces are best offset and defeated by a coalition of outdoor users and lovers. Unfortunately, provincialism still reigns supreme among outdoor enthusiasts. This need to change.
Meanwhile, when you surprise a wild pig stop, do not approach any further and give the animal time to run away. Wild boar fear humans as their worst enemy and will do anything to get out of their way. As long as you give them a chance.
Female wild pigs with piglets are a different story. They are by far more dangerous in defense of their offspring. Nevertheless, they also will quickly retreat when you give them a chance to flee by leaving open a ‘backdoor’.