Wild boars everywhere. Here is what the Abruzzo Region thought to bring them down. Irony on the net
The latest in chronological order was the invasion of the flower beds of a hospital on the Cassia in the Eternal City. The images of wild boars rooting among the bins of Rome is a spectacle that has traveled the world. But the problem is widespread from north to south in the beautiful country, between fatal accidents, damaged cars, destroyed cultivated fields and entire herds that they sneak into inhabited areas, finding them face to face amid terror and aggression.
It was calculated that there would be in circulation for Italy about 2.3 million copies. A single adult wild boar weighs in at average 120 kg and running can easily exceed 50 km / hour. According to Coldiretti, who worked on the Asaps data (the road safety portal), only because of the wild boars there would be an accident every 48 hours with 16 victims and 215 injured. Wild boars are estimated to cause damage to agriculture worth € 200 million per year.
A complex problem is that of the diffusion of ungulates and their interaction with the human habitat, but no solution seems to be found between the restraint of animal rights activists and the acceleration of farmers. The result is that the citizen is faced with the problem alone And the inertia of public administrations often worsens the picture.
One of the ways used to contain the spread of wild boars is by hunting.
In this sense, the Abruzzo regional council has just approved the new specification for the selection of wild boar hunting which introduces the news of hunting up to 24 hours, with the aid of artificial lights and infrared and thermal viewers and the possibility of use of the bow with arrows instead of the firearm.
The bow for hunting wild boars? With such dangerous animals?
The irony exploded online with comments between sarcastic and irritated, like that of Lucia C. on Facebook: “I don’t know if Robin Hood will blame the city administration for not being invited …”. Or Gianfranco G. B: “In my opinion they also wear armor”, and writes: “how much are they f …… in Abruzzo from 1 to 100?”. Angelo: “They persevere diabolically”.
But for the Abruzzo Region, the new specification for selection hunting is “a fundamental tool for containing the wild boar population and for limiting problems on the regional territory”.
So with Affaritaliani.it we tried to hear the vice president of the Region Emanuele Imprudente which also has the responsibility for Agriculture.
Vice President, but what does it mean that you are hunting wild boars with a bow and arrow …?
“Someone is playing with it, as an element, but to tell the truth, things are not like that. The irony is nice but you have to understand. To limit the damage we have a selection hunt that is carried out by trained, qualified and certified hunters “
And what do the bow and arrows have to do with it?
Imprudent: “We allow hunting until midnight. And it can be done with both the rifle and the bow. Which is not … “
The bow and arrow of the Indians?
“Precisely. It is not the bow and arrow of the Indians. But let’s talk about proper tools and weapons with the subject shooting at a single item already selected. Then there is the hunt that takes place in a few specific months, 3 months, if the national law does not change. But we have widened the field of selection hunting “.
But isn’t that a bit too “weak” weapon?
Imprudent: “No, but he’s joking … This is a selection hunt that takes place on a stalking basis.”
How is the problem of wild boar spreading reduced?
Imprudent: “It is a national issue that we are working on. But now in Abruzzo the animals can be killed even up to 24 hours with the selection hunt. We have chosen this path. It is very important for us that Ispra has given its positive opinion to all our proposals, allowing the activation of methods, certainly not resolving the problem of wild boar overpopulation, but which we believe are more effective “.
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