The Chega party has presented a draft resolution that provides for "carrying out a survey of the wild boar population in Portugal and streamlining the compensation for damage caused by their presence".
In the document, the party led by André Ventura considers "unequivocal" the need for State intervention with regard to the wild boar population in Portugal and the problems it has caused in rural areas. To this end, it requests that an "up-to-date survey of the wild boar population in Portugal be carried out so that its evolution can be understood and the circumstances in which we find ourselves today", as well as the guarantee of "speeding up the reimbursement of damages and/or losses caused to farmers, drivers and populations in general when there is damage caused by the uncontrolled density of this species", in addition to the "adequacy of hunting control of the same, safeguarding public health".
Chega begins by noting that "in recent years, throughout the national territory, there has been a population increase of wild boar in our country, a circumstance that has even motivated on the part of the ICNF - National Institute for the Conservation of Nature and das Florestas - various national actions aimed at controlling and correcting the density of this species", considering that "the damage caused by the uncontrolled presence of this species near people or the spaces it occupies for the most varied purposes, has motivated in recent years an increase in complaints from various sectors of society".
A refugee family has penetrated the security fencing to the lower quintal of my estate but, despite some minor damage, I have allowed them to stay as their exotic presence in my intended "wilding" does wonders for my environmental conscience.
By Cavaleiro R from Other on 18 Jan 2023, 14:45
I know a few Ozzies or Kiwis who’d jump at the chance to go pigging. No guns, just knives and dogs.
By Ian from Beiras on 19 Jan 2023, 08:38
A female and three babies chose to stay close to our garden last summer. Every night they would rummage and destroy our grass, plants and irrigation system. We called the local hunter association and one hunter came with his dog to back off asap when he saw the beasts ready to charge. Apparently you are not supposed to shoot them in Portugal. We are far away from the wild pig base in Algarve forests. Of course drought does not help. They left this winter but afraid they can back this spring.
By Michel Van der Kindere from Algarve on 19 Jan 2023, 10:28
The aboriginal hunter gatherers of Australasia will jump at the chance of hunting anything with four legs regardless of any protected status
By Cavaleiro R. from Other on 19 Jan 2023, 18:50
When I bought a Quinta near Coimbria 4years ago there were a few boars around the area.
There are now 5 different family groups of up to 6 in each that come onto my property every day.
They are trashing everything, digging up newly planted olives and cork oak, and anything else they fancy including all the cock oak acorns so no natural regeneration and every chestnut that falls,, pushing trough fences, knocking down stone walls that have stood for centuries.
they come right up to house (ate the herb garden) and see us and are completely unfazed.. if you shout at them the young run to the adults and the adults turn a face you..and there definitely not small!!!
And apparently there’s nothing I can do..
And I’ve been pig hunting in Australia.
By Luc from Other on 20 Jan 2023, 10:58
We had a similar issue years ago in the Jordan valley, hunting licenses issued and controlled which contributed to maintaining the eco balance.
If left unchecked, they’ll soon have no natural predators and authorities will be forced into more radical bio chemical solutions.
By Mawloud Hamdokh from Lisbon on 20 Jan 2023, 11:22
In our village, wild boar roam throughs streets, gardens and agricultural land every night, destroying plants. About 4-5 families of them, with many many children. The only advantage is that we do not have to turn the soil which at the moment is fine but come spring it will be another story
By Mimi from Beiras on 20 Jan 2023, 13:24
This is what happened when we humans encroached their space, they go into our space because they have no choice to survive. What would help is to round up these wild boars and put them in a compound like a sanctuary. It's a no brainer!
By Lisa from Other on 20 Jan 2023, 22:07
I totally understand Lisa’s opinion on humans encroachment on the boars habitat.
Unfortunately without any natural predators they(the boars) and increasing in numbers exponentially and are destroying the very environments that I think ‘Lisa’ would like to see protected.
And without ridiculing her Solution, I would love to see her come up to my place and Round up 6 boars including two adults that are just shy of the size of a Shetland pony and infinitely more dangerous…..
By Luc from Other on 22 Jan 2023, 00:01
I prefer them around me than humans, that's for sure.
By Diogo F. from Lisbon on 23 Jan 2023, 01:41
The issue is that Portuguese hunters are quite bad shooters(no offense here) and they actually select the wrong pigs, when hunting. Usually you should only shoot the piglegts. However most of PT Hunters target whatever. This means that the usualy re-production cycle that is ruled by the oldest female pig is destroyed. Meaning that if that oldest one is shot all the other females in the group can get "hot" and re-produce whenever they want to. This is the root cause here.
By FF from Other on 23 Jan 2023, 08:05
That means that the Portuguese have bad vision ? Another greased piglet that needs birth control still range in UK without any control not been yet caught neither by the law or order and still manage get away all the time despite of criminal evidence against him .
By Isabel Oliveira from Lisbon on 23 Jan 2023, 11:40