Rampaging boar causing trouble in cities worldwide
Rampaging boar are wreaking havoc around human habitation centers and in towns. Many of the boar are monster boar with a body weights that exceeds by far the expected standard weight for wild pigs. These boar, monster or just plain old standard wild pigs, are also getting bolder and more aggressive.
Ask the residents of Corona, a small town in Riverside County, California, and they will happily relate the story of the feral pig that visited their town and went on a rampage.
In August of 2019, a wild pig, estimated to weigh about 100 pounds, chased a woman and her dog through a quiet park-like area of Corona. The hog was foraging in the bushes when the woman spotted it. She did not know what she was facing and, as it is so common today, took out her cell phone and started recording. Apparently, the wild pig did not want his picture taken and began chasing the frightened woman and her dog. She kept on running but every time she turned to see whether the rampaging boar was still there the rogue animal was still in hot pursuit.
Actually, I doubt the boar was too intend on harming the scared human because a boar can run much faster than a human. During a serious attack, the boar would have easily caught up with her and possibly injured the dog walker. Her best way of escaping from the rampage of the hog would have been the nearest tree. But how many of us adults have ever tried to climb a tree with a small barker wiggling in your arms for fear?
Nevertheless, the walker got away and managed to call Animal Control. They used a tranquilizer dart to immobilize the boar. They released the hog back into a more suitable environment the next day. The city of Corona used the incident to warn the residents to be cautious when they spot wild pigs. Even more caution is advised when piglets are present. Hunters know that sows are extremely protective of their offspring and will defend it at all costs.
The feral pig shown in the next picture was destroying a golf course in San Antonio, Texas. Attempts to trap the boar failed miserably because the boar was “trapwise” meaning he had either been trapped before and escaped or he watched other wild pigs being trapped.
It took three professional hog catchers and their three dogs to corner and hold him for disposal. The boar weighed in at a whopping 411 pounds. Most adult boar come in at around 200 pounds, exceptionally large males can tip the scales at around 300 pounds. Boar living near human population centers and close to agricultural areas are becoming larger and larger everywhere. One of our next articles will address that phenomenon.
Python eats boar
In the next story, rampaging boar are not the aggressors but one has become a victim of a python attack.
Members of the Hong Kong Hiking Meetup group encountered a huge python in the process of swallowing a wild pig near Sai Kung near Tsak Yu Wu.
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Neither wild pigs nor large snakes are strangers or rare in and around Hong Kong because the city is surrounded by many almost pristine forests and wildlife habitats. The California Hunting Post reported in numerous articles about the dozen or so wild animals that have taken up permanent residence in the city of high-rise buildings and dense human populations. But wildlife moving into human population centers is not confined to Hong Kong alone. Other places around the world also find exotic wildlife in their backyards.
These population centers all struggle with how to stop or control wildlife from moving into our cities and how to reduce or avoid human animal conflicts.
Hong Kong is fortunate to have a built-in boar control force as you can see in the following video. It shows a huge python making lunch out of a small boar. Great, you say, we should have a python control force keep our rampaging boar in check. Really?
Now what about a huge python eating your permanently scared, barking, and snapping Chihuahua? Be careful what you wish, your wish may come true in a weird way.