Romans ‘hostages of the boar’, farmers group says – English


(ANSA) – ROME, MAY 4 – The Romans are “hostages of the wild boars”, the head of the Coldiretti Lazio agricultural group, David Granieri, said on Wednesday, citing the case of a woman attacked in the Italian capital by a herd of eight wild boar including six piglets.

The presence of more than 20,000 wild boars in Rome and its surrounding province, and more than 100,000 throughout Lazio, has caused “an unacceptable and uncontrollable situation”, Granieri said, citing more than two million euros in damage recently caused.

The right-wing Brothers of Italy (FdI) party, citing the attack on the woman, said it would file a complaint against regional authorities in Lazio for “crimes of omission in the areas of security, urban decorum and health”.

La Coldiretti for its part castigated the “total inertia” of the Roman wildlife agency, Roma Natura, “which is blatantly clear in their management of protected areas where there has been a proliferation of wild boars”.

Rome’s city council plans to curb wild boar invasions by constructing underground containment nets, barriers at access points, and continued cleanup of rubbish the animals forage for food.

The wild boar also caused havoc in crops in the rest of Italy, as well as urban encroachment.

A nocturnal anti-boar patrol has been set up in the province of Padua, and there have been similar movements elsewhere.

In Rome, a family of 12 wild boars wandered through traffic recently, prompting a video that has gone viral on the web in the latest in a string of such sightings over the past few months.

The boar was spotted wandering near the Gemelli Hospital north of Rome.

Rangers said the animals were completely urbanized and in no way afraid of pedestrians or heavy traffic in the Italian capital.

Also recently, a family of boars was photographed outside a kindergarten in the Montemario neighborhood in another viral video.

Such sightings have become quite common in the northern part of Rome.

The boar was found wandering on Via Trionfale, one of Rome’s main streets.

On September 1, the former mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, filed a criminal complaint against the regional government of Lazio for the “massive and uncontrolled” presence of wild boars in the urban areas of the Italian capital.

The wild boar invasion, the 5 Star Movement (M5S) politician said, was due to a failure of the regional government, led by former Democratic Party (PD) leader Nicola Zingaretti, to implement plans to effective management for animals.

Raggi cited a 1992 law which states that regions must “provide for the control of wildlife species even in areas where hunting is prohibited”.

It was up to the regional government to capture the boar and release it back into the wild, she said.

Another family of wild boars was recently captured by CCTV cameras wandering down a street in central Rome in search of food.

The animals, which seemed oblivious to passing cars and wary pedestrians, were filmed in central Via Fani, the site of the abduction of the late Christian Democrat statesman Aldo Moro in 1978.

The mother and her piglets appeared very hungry as they rummaged through the rubbish, passers-by said.

In early July, Italian farmers took to the streets outside parliament and across the country to protest what they say is an “invasion” of wild boars into farmlands and towns across Italy.

Agricultural group Coldiretti said that during the COVID year, the number of wild boars roaming farms and roaming the outskirts of Italian cities had increased by 15% to a record total of 2.3 million animals. .

Coldiretti released what he called a “tragic” toll of one boar-caused incident every 48 hours in a year of COVID.

There have been 16 casualties from wild boar incidents in the past year and 215 people injured, Coldiretti said.

The number of car accidents caused by animals on Italian provincial roads has increased by 81% in the last 10 years, the farmers’ association said.

Farmers, herders and shepherds from across Italy gathered in Italy’s 20 regional capitals, starting with Rome where they gathered outside the parliament building, Montecitorio.

They said they wanted “to stop a calamity that destroys crops, attacks animals, besieges stables and causes road accidents, with concrete dangers for farmers and citizens”.

A group of young farmers dressed as wild boars challenged the deputies and explained to them the “emergency situation” they have to face every day.

Other farmers brought fruit, salad ingredients and grain crops that had been completely destroyed by wild boar.

Protesters also held up life-size boar cutouts to show politicians just how frightening an encounter with the animals can be.

They also held up banners that read “After COVID, the boar plague”, “We sow, the boar reaps”, “Defend our land” and “City and countryside united against the boar”.

Many city mayors came to Montecitorio, as well as ordinary citizens worried about what they called “a real emergency”. (ANSA).


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