Wild boar killed by traf­fic af­ter evad­ing cap­ture

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHU LIXIN in He­fei zhulixin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A wild boar was run over and killed in down­town He­fei, An­hui prov­ince, on Wed­nes­day af­ter a pack of dogs was set upon it.

The an­i­mal, which weighed about 100 kilo­grams, was first spot­ted by an of­fi­cial early in the early morn­ing near a govern­ment com­pound in the city’s Baohe district.

She re­ported the sight­ing to se­cu­rity per­son­nel in the com­pound, but the boar was not seen again un­til later that day.

Han Chang, a lo­cal re­porter, said he saw shovel-wield­ing se­cu­rity guards and po­lice­men with guns chas­ing the boar when he ar­rived at the site in the af­ter­noon.

“It was very funny to see armed peo­ple chas­ing the boar, but it was dan­ger­ous to be on site,” said Sun Xin, a lo­cal lawyer who wit­nessed the ac­tion.

A po­lice­man on site, sur­named Chen, said warn­ing shots were fired at the boar “to keep it away from the crowd”.

Later, a num­ber of em­ploy­ees from He­fei Wildlife Park ar­rived and shot the boar with three darts from a tran­quil­izer gun, but they failed to have any ef­fect.

As it was get­ting late, five dogs were brought to catch the boar, but the fright­ened an­i­mal ran into a nearby road and was run over three times.

Lo­cal res­i­dents said they had never seen a wild boar in the area be­fore.

It is not known where it came from.

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