Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hunting wild boar for population control in China

A member of a government-approved hunting team shoots at a wild boar on a mountain on back in February 23, 2005 in Huoshan County of Anhui Province, China [source:LIFE]. But despite this, five years on the wild boar population in China continue to be a threat to farmers, and on occasion the boars have also entered urban areas. The problem is more acute in southern China.

In northeast China, wild boar, spotted deer and other animals have reduced sharply, forcing tigers to feed on livestock in nearby villages. In southern China, however, with no tigers and leopards to hunt them, the wild boar has become the "king of the forest". The method to control this exploding population is still the same.

"The best way is hunting," said Song Zhiqiang, with the forestry administration of Chun'an County. "We allow villagers to hunt wild boars," he said, noting that there were 1,000 hunting teams in Zhejiang with 13,000 people holding hunting permits and shotguns. Although about 10,000 boars have been hunted each year since 2005, the boar population has kept growing. Farmers are resorting to vuvuzelas, gongs, firecrackers and bombs to scare away the wild boar.