Wild boar

Second wild boar encounter over weekend as four animals subdued in Aberdeen, Hong Kong

The pigs were spotted on a slope just metres from the South Wave Court residential complex; no injuries were reported

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 June, 2017, 1:55pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 June, 2017, 1:59pm

Hong Kong recorded another boar sighting on Sunday morning, one day after two men were sent to hospital following an encounter with a wild pig in Tseung Kwan O.

At about 6.28am, police were called to 8 Shum Wan Road in Aberdeen, where four of the animals were spotted wandering on a slope opposite the Aberdeen Marina Club.

The area is just metres away from the South Wave Court residential complex.

Officers holding shields remained on standby as staff from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department were summoned to subdue the animals.

No one was injured in the operation.

On Saturday, a 73-year-old cyclist and a police officer were hurt by a boar near Lohas Park in Tseung Kwan O, after the officer reportedly kicked the animal and provoked it.

In a dense city like Hong Kong where the boundary between nature and urban development is often blurred, it is common to see boar wander into town.

For safety reasons, the department will deploy staff to the scene to catch the wild pigs, with the aid of tranquiliser dart guns fired by veterinarians if necessary.

The captured animals are then released in the remote countryside “if circumstances warrant”, according to the Environment Bureau in a written response to lawmakers in March.

Two boar hunting teams formed by civilian volunteers are also authorised to capture the animals “only if there are confirmed public reports of damage” or the boar are “threatening human safety and property”.

A total of 96 wild pigs were captured by the teams and the department in the 2016/2017 financial year as of March 6, up from 34 in 2014/2015.

Despite common belief that wild boar are dangerous, the Wild Boar Concern Group have said that the pigs are gentle, and urged authorities to stop demonising the animal.