Wild boar nightmare, not only in Rome. Wild boars cause an accident every 48 hours. During the lockdown the number of boars also increased by 15%. There are over 2 million specimens. More than one in four Italian adults (26%) has encountered a wild boar in person with wild animals that have invaded cities and holiday resorts from the countryside, so much so that they have become regular guests of the urban landscape. In the last ten years, the number of serious accidents with deaths and injuries caused by animals, according to Coldiretti on Aci Istat data, has almost doubled (+ 81%) on provincial roads.
There are over two million wild boars: they cause an accident every 48 hours
Coldiretti conducted an investigation into the wild boar emergency in Italy, presented on the occasion of the blitz in Piazza Montecitorio. The invasion of the wild comes experienced by citizens as a real emergency, so much so that 81% of Italians think that it should be faced with the use of abatements, especially by hiring specialized personnel to reduce the number according to the Coldiretti / Ixè survey. An alarm shared by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which launched an appeal to the states of the European Union asking for extraordinary measures to prevent wild boars from accessing food and to implement a reduction in the number of animals to limit the risk of spreading diseases such as swine fever.
According to the Coldiretti / Ixè survey, wildlife represents a problem for the vast majority of citizens (90%). Above all, the excessive presence of wild boars, which 69% of Italians believe to be too numerous, is targeted, while there is a 58% who consider them a real threat to the population, as well as a serious problem for crops and for the environmental balance as 75% of the interviewees think. The result is that 62% of Italians are afraid and 48% would not take a home in an area infested with wild boars. According to 53%, the solution of the problem is up to the Regions, while for 25% it is up to the government and for 22% it is up to the Municipalities.
With the Covid emergency that has reduced the presence of humans outdoors for months, the number of wild boars that invade cities and countryside from north to south of Italy has increased by 15%, reaching a record figure of 2.3 million. of specimens. The herds in the cities, Coldiretti points out, are looking for food among the waste, in parks and even in the courtyards of houses with obvious health risks. The situation has become unsustainable in the countryside with damages of at least 200 million euros per year to agricultural production but, Coldiretti underlines, the environmental balance of vast territorial ecosystems in areas of naturalistic value is also compromised with the loss of both animal and plant biodiversity. Without forgetting the danger of the spread of diseases highlighted by the same Surveillance and Prevention Plan for 2021 of Ministry of Health which reiterates that wild boars have a fundamental responsibility for the spread of African Swine Fever. Plan that provides for a numerical and spatial reduction through hunting activities, the control actions of law 157/92 and those programmable in the network of protected areas. Coldiretti asks that the Regions coordinate with the State and act resolutely to implement the measures envisaged for the control and containment of wild boars.
Order of the mayor Cicchetti for the killing of wild boars in the municipality of Rieti
Rocca di Papa, two wild boars end up in a well: recovered after 3 hours by firefighters
An accident every 48 hours with 16 victims and 215 injured is the tragic toll in the year of the Covid emergency of the invasion of wild boars and wild animals that no longer stop at nothing, breaking down fences, fording rivers and crossing roads and highways putting people’s lives and safety at risk. This is what emerges from Coldiretti’s analysis of Asaps data (the Association of Supporters and Friends of the Traffic Police), on the occasion of the protest of farmers, citizens and institutions throughout Italy starting from Piazza Montecitorio in Rome. In the last ten years, the number of serious accidents with deaths and injuries caused by animals, according to Coldiretti on Aci Istat data, has almost doubled (+ 81%) on provincial roads; a real emergency that puts the safety of motorists at risk on the almost 850 thousand kilometers of Italian roads and motorways, with wild boars that can reach 1.5 quintals, 1.2 meters in height and 2 meters in length. On state, provincial and municipal arteries there are almost never repulsion nets against wild animals, but protections that are not always sufficient and adequate to prevent the passage of large animals, which move mostly at dawn and dusk, hours more at risk, managing to travel up to 40 kilometers at a time. “It is no longer just a question of compensation but has become a matter of security that must be tackled with decision” affirms the president of Coldiretti Ettore Prandini, underlining that “we need an extraordinary plan agreed between ministries and regions, provinces and municipalities to get out of this emergency situation”.