Found dead: EFSA
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’.