`Don’t feed wild boars,’ says Swedish report

(Timm Schamberger / AFP)
(Timm Schamberger / AFP)
The feeding of wild boars should be banned during the summer months to help control the animal’s growing population, according to a new government report in Sweden.

Sweden’s wild boar population has increased dramatically from a few hundred animals in the 1980’s to some 175,000 today. The animals have been known to attack people, cause traffic accidents and tear up crops and forests with their tusks.

Håkan Larsson, who led the government’s special investigation, said hunters often leave out food to attract wild boars to their hunting grounds. He suggested that the practice be limited.

“We need to have regulations on how much feeding can be done since feeding leads to large boar populations,” he said.

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Canada: Wildlife endangered by Yukon warm weather, CBC News

Finland: Developing wildlife tourism good for Finland say experts, Yle News

Sweden: Motorists warned to watch out for wildlife on Sweden’s roads, Radio Sweden

United States: Musk ox invasion keeps wildlife managers busy in Alaska, Alaska Dispatch

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