Koroneia farm­ers com­plain

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Farm­ers are call­ing for mea­sures to con­tain an ex­plo­sion of the wild boar pop­u­la­tion around Lake Koroneia, west of Thes­sa­loniki, as the vo­ra­cious eaters have been de­stroy­ing crops and threat­en­ing liveli­hoods. Ac­cord­ing to the Athen­sMace­do­nian News Agency, the deputy re­gional gover­nor of Cen­tral Mace­do­nia for agri­cul­ture, Fa­nis Pa­pas, said that the prob­lem started roughly a year ago, when boars that had es­caped from live­stock farms in the area formed packs with free-range boars and ex­ist­ing wild boars around the lake, which is a pro­tected area. Trapped on one side by Mount Ver­tiskos, dozens of boars are now mov­ing to­ward the Seikh Sou For­est and the area of Ho­riati as their num­bers grow, the of­fi­cial said. “We sent a let­ter to the min­istry last Septem­ber alert­ing it to the prob­lem. We are ask­ing for co­op­er­a­tion from forestry and hunt­ing au­thor­i­ties so that mea­sures are taken to con­trol the prob­lem,” said Pa­pas. “We don’t want the wild boars to dis­ap­pear, we just want some­thing to be done to stop the de­struc­tion of crops.”

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