Limoux: when unwanted wild boars invite themselves into the city in the neighborhoods

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A phenomenon of wild boar proliferation which is not without its problems. Suids no longer hesitate to approach residential areas. A dog who crossed their path paid the price.

Sometimes there are topics that can be controversial. Thus, hunting, among other things, has its enthusiasts and its detractors. Beyond all these considerations, the overpopulation of wild boars, which is closer to homes, and the consequences it generates are an indisputable fact. A Limouxin recently saw this at his expense.

Repeated attacks

Indeed, Jean-Marc Guiau and his wife, inhabitants of the Lacanal hill, have for several months seen their tranquility disturbed by four-legged neighbors who have squatted in the thickets bordering their house. The case took a new turn when their son’s dog, who had come to spend the weekend with the family, was attacked by these suids. Transported without further delay to a veterinary clinic, the dog was left with a large gash in the sides which required many stitches.

A clash between these animals that happened two more times. “I live in a suburban area less than five meters from the Chalabre crossroads”, explains the Limouxin. “It is also common to see wild boars move placidly a few meters from the window of our room”. In a few days of observation, Jean-Marc was able to identify nearly a dozen in this same sector.

An isolated phenomenon?

For Philippe Satgé, the president of the ACL (Association des chasseurs de Limoux), these incidents are becoming more and more frequent in the Limouxin: “Today, we are often helpless in the face of this worrying increase in wild boars on the outskirts, and even in the heart, of the Blanquetière city. If we can intervene, the safety rules must be rigorous, and with dwellings nearby. , This is not the case”.

Chemin de Carliqui, a resident also reported that a wild boar had recently invited himself into her swimming pool. Similarly, recently, another specimen has taken its habits and can be observed just behind the wall of the main cemetery of the city.

A wild boar (left) photographed stealthily from a resident’s bedroom window.

110 wild boars collected

Why this proliferation? Phillipe Satgé, the hunter, finds the explanations for this phenomenon in a range of recent causes: “At first, the population of hunters is aging and less numerous. What’s more, the wild boar is a robust animal which reproduces in numbers (9 to 10 wild pigs per year and per sow). On the Limouxin (3 km around the city), the association of hunters took in 2021 nearly 110 suids, in constant increase”.

The individual can also request the intervention of the lieutenants of louveterie who exercise on a voluntary basis a civic function of auxiliary of the State. The latter can set up cages in order to take the wild boars and move them to other more natural places. But if we are to believe the various testimonies, the task of these agents of the State may prove to be insurmountable.

The problem of wild boars, ever more present, seems for the moment insoluble.

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