Wild boar caught on video charging woman in Mid Levels

Local | Cindy Wan 6 Dec 2018

A wild boar was filmed charging at a woman on a trail on Monmouth Path in Mid Levels, with footage sent to The Standard by a reader.

The creature is seen approaching a dog, which is quickly scoop ed by the woman. But things take a frightening turn when the boar charges the woman, who escapes unscathed.

In another video, a boar is seen searching for food beside a rubbish bin with garbage strewn beside it. The reader said it is common to see boars wandering down the hill behind the Sinopec gas station on Kennedy Road, a popular route for runners and dog walkers.

He also noted the badly constructed rubbish bins can easily be toppled, leading to litter being strewn around the place and attracting wild boars.

The reader suggested the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department mull over all possible options, including culling or relocating the boars. He also advised the government devote more resources into educating people not to litter and install CCTV cameras to catch offenders.

Roni Wong Ho-yin, spokesman of the Wild Boar Concern Group, described the incident as a minor conflict between boar and human, rather than an attack. Wong also said the boar in question had a string around its neck, and suspected it could have fallen victim to an artificial trap in the past.

Since August, the concern group received at least four cases in which boars' necks or mouths have been tied by string. He stressed wild boars usually do not attack people unless provoked, and called on the public and media not to demonize the animals.

Wesley Ho Hei-yuen, spokesman of pressure group Feral Pig 70, said the boar population has risen drastically since the government scrapped civilian hunting teams last year.

He agreed boars do not attack people without reason, but added it is hard to predict their behavior.

"When boars launch attacks, they will knock you down first and bite. Such attacks can be fatal to dogs, children and even adults," he said.

Complaints received by AFCD pertaining to boars rose from 225 cases in 2011 to 738 last year.

A spokeswoman of AFCD checked the locations where the videos were filmed and confirmed that garbage was improperly disposed there. It has alerted the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department.

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