Found dead: EFSA

Irish Examiner - Farming - - COVER STORY -

with the fear­some-look­ing an­i­mals, nat­u­rally shy­but ag­gres­sive when they feel trapped or threat­ened.

Near Ber­lin’s Tegel air­port, a herd of wild boar re­cently at­tacked sev­eral peo­ple, in­jur­ing three.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia re­ports, the po­lice needed 18 shots to down a 200kg boar, while the rest of the herd es­caped.

Wild boar were ex­tinct for 50 years in Bel­gium but, rein­tro­duced in 2006, the pop­u­la­tion has grown quickly. Ire­land’s lack of a wild boar pop­u­la­tion could help us be­come the last refuge for the EU pig in­dus­try, if the worst were to come to the worst, and ASF spread un­con­trol­lably across the EU. Such a sit­u­a­tion would dra­mat­i­cally in­crease Ir­ish pig prices, but at the cost of dec­i­ma­tion of the in­dus­try across the EU. A grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of wild boar in the For­est of Dean, Glouces­ter­shire, Eng­land, is seen as an Achilles Heel for UK ef­forts to keep out ASF. Last Au­gust, the UK’s Depart­ment for En­vi­ron­ment, Food & Ru­ral Af­fairs raised the ASF risk level from ‘very low’ to ‘low’.

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