Camouflaged sharpshooters armed with shotguns and backed by a pack of hounds landed on Sharp Island yesterday after its only resident complained of vicious attacks by pigs. The posse, supervised by a police officer, probed deep into the bushes and hills of the island off Sai Kung, but called off the hunt after three hours when all they had found were deep footprints. 'I guess the animals have fled by swimming to the neighbouring islands after they heard our dogs and walkie-talkies,' hunter Chan Kwai-sang said. 'From the footprints, we believe there are at least two big boars and two piglets.' The hunt was arranged after the island's sole resident, Sung Duosan, 64, called police after the appearance of wild pigs a month ago. 'They are as big as a buffalo and they do not only roam in the bushes. Three of my dogs were killed on the beach in a horrible manner,' Mr Sung said. 'And the most worrying of all is that I recently saw that the piglets are going along with their parents which hints they are breeding very fast.' Mr Sung was hired to watch over the island after an amusement park there closed 10 years ago. He now arms himself with a pole and takes his remaining dogs whenever he needs to go out at night. 'Whenever there are campers trying to pitch tents on the beach, I guess I have a duty to hurry them away as it is too dangerous,' he said. A spokesman for the Agriculture and Fisheries Department said it had issued three special permits for hunting wild pigs. One was issued to police and the other two went to civilian hunting teams. 'They can only act on complaints and the licence is restricted to shooting wild boars,' conservation officer Dr So Ping-man said.