Watch out for wild boars

16/06/2016 - 13:51 h

Fauna. Part of the wild boar population in Collserola has lost its fear of humans, invading leisure areas and other park facilities. In case of an incident, call 092.

Part of the population of wild boars in Collserola have lost their fear of people. Some of these animals are getting increasingly bold and can even become aggressive. There have been some recent incidents in the park’s leisure areas and other facilities. For this reason, the City Council is asking people to take care if they encounter any wild boar, and to call 092 in case of any incidents.

Part of the wild boar population of has lost its fear of people and recently, partly because of the good weather and people enjoying the outdoors, there have been some incidents in the park’s leisure areas and other facilities when these animals approach.

For this reason, the City Council is asking people to take care if they encounter wild boar, and in the case of an incident, you should call 092.

The wild boar population has increased in recent years, in both Catalonia and in Europe as a whole. Recent studies indicate that the abundance of this species in Collserola Park is well over the ideal population density, due to the ready availability of food in urban and suburban areas, and because of naturalised green areas where the species finds places to live and breed.

The most problematic group is formed by the wild boar that habitually inhabit urban areas and their immediate surroundings, nearly always eating food discarded by humans, and only occasionally from woodland or agricultural areas. This is the case of the wild boars that live near Barcelona’s Collserola neighbourhoods.

Prevent wild animals from becoming accustomed to humans and losing their fear of people.

Some of these animals are getting increasingly bold and can become aggressive in order to obtain food. This is partly due to the fact that they have lost their fear of humans and move around inhabited areas with increasing frequency.

This is why it s counterproductive to feed them, because they become accustomed to contact with people and to getting food easily. They end up expecting food as if they were pets, but in reality they are still wild animals.

Recommendations for local residents and visitors

There have been some recent incidents in Collserola Park’s leisure areas and other facilities. For this reason, you should take care in the presence of wild boars, and follow these recommendations:

• Do not approach the animals. They may react aggressively.

• Don’t touch them. They could bite you or charge you.

• Don’t give them any food.

• Make noise and gesticulate to try and make them go away.

At picnic areas: Stay alert and keep an eye on your bags. If you see any wild boar, put your food away, they could try and take it from you in an aggressive way.

On the roadway: Drive carefully, they can cross the road and cause an accident.

You can find further information on the Parc Natural Collserola, website. Or send an email to comunicacio@parccollserola.net, or phone: 93 280 06 72 – 608.25.24.55.