Wild boar shot dead by police sniper after wandering into housing estate in eastern China

Beast, which likely came from local woodland, wandered through the grounds for eight hours before being caught

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 July, 2017, 5:04pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 July, 2017, 5:04pm

A wild boar had to be shot dead by a police sniper after it wandered into a housing estate in eastern China, posing a threat to residents, local media reported.

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The giant beast was first spotted by a security guard about 4am on Friday morning as it walked through the grounds of the estate in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, Yangtze Evening News reported on Saturday.

Concerned about residents’ safety, though unsure as to exactly what he’d seen, the guard, who was not named, called the police.

“At first, we weren’t sure if it was a pig or a boar. We thought it might have been a pig that had escaped from a farm,” he was quoted as saying.

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Despite police arriving swiftly on the scene, the animal used the cover of darkness to evade them, and it was not until 9am that officers got a clear sight of it and identified it as a boar.

At first they tried to snare the beast using a net, but it became agitated and attacked one its would-be captors, the report said.

In the interests of safety they then decided to seek help from the local special police division, which dispatched about a dozen special officers, including a sniper.

After another lengthy hunt, the boar was lured into a corner and shot dead about noon the same day, the report said.

Police were quoted as saying that the animal might have come from Laoshan National Forest Park, which is situated just to the west of the housing estate. They added that members of the public should immediately report any sightings of such beasts and not approach them as they can become aggressive if scared.

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Wild boars are not a protected species in China, nor are they regarded as endangered by world wildlife organisations.