CONSERVATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIES
The wild boars of the island of Caprera
"The images were taken in May 2011 in Caprera, Sardinia, where wild boars are free to roam around the island, causing considerable damage to the fauna and native flora."
It is not improper to say that the wild boars in Caprera have caused and are causing incalculable damage to the island. The reason for this statement so peremptory that I do not feel to undermine is due to the fact that these animals, not indigenous to the island (imported by some hunter in the eighties, perhaps to protest for the establishment of the Oriented Nature Reserve which prohibited hunting, up to at that time free), they destroyed the local fauna (the biodiversity in Caprera has always been very high); beyond that the undergrowth is destroyed by their natural inclination to dig. To the ecological damage must be added the hygienic-sanitary one as fleas and ticks are an increasingly serious problem every year, so much so that if you go to the beach or simply walk it is not uncommon to be attacked by one of these insects.
Today, thinking of going for a walk or a picnic in Caprera must be carefully evaluated because the risk of encountering these animals, however wild, is high. It happened to me too, sitting in the pine forest working on the computer and suddenly seeing myself surrounded by wild boars. So let's also talk about safety and given that the archipelago of La Maddalena basically lives on tourism ... it goes without saying that this is not a secondary problem.
Among other things, the problem is becoming more and more serious as the wild boars have begun to cross the bridge that connects the island of Caprera to the island of La Maddalena and are also beginning to spread to the nearby, densely populated island.
It is not derogatory to state the truth. We do not want to diminish the beauty and importance of these animals but everything in the right place. Caprera (and now also La Maddalena) is a small island and cannot bear the weight of a population that is increasing more and more also because the park authority (the authority responsible for intervening within the park) does little to remedy this situation. Among other things, seen from the optic of the wild boar it is bad for them to stay on the island because in Caprera there are no sources of fresh water so many of these animals die of thirst, and this is not "neither animal nor human".
The park authority, as a mode of intervention this year has provided guidelines for the capture and "selective killing" (travirgolette because these are the words reported, of which I do not understand the meaning: "selective of what, for what, for who? ") of the animals, not to use the word hunting, which would be more appropriate. We do not agree with this decision as we believe that wild boars should all be captured and released off the island in areas more suited to their lives .... but this operation would have costs very different from the simple killing ... and that's another story.
Dr. M.G. Davoli
(by Claudio Ronchi) - An enemy may already have sneaked into Caprera, threatening those that, in addition to the residence of Giuseppe Garibaldi, are its symbol, the pine forests.
The wild boars were not enough to rage for a few decades, the pathogenic fungus was not enough, in the two versions of Phythopthora sp. and Diplodia sp. which in recent years has attacked, to the point of drying them, a substantial number of holm oaks, acacias, heather, junipers and even pines The red weevil, the sworn enemy of palm trees, was not enough ...
The last danger could be the Tomicus Destruens, a beetle among the most feared phytophagous insects, spread for some time in the coastal countries of the Mediterranean, of which, lately, there has been news of its presence and its devastating effects also in Sardinia, in particular on the coasts of Siniscola, Posada and Budoni.
It would not seem a circumscribed phenomenon if this new enemy of vegetation is being dealt with by the Regional Department of the Environment, which has initiated monitoring throughout the territory of Sardinia, including the archipelago of La Maddalena, through the Regional Forestry Corps and the Agency Forestas.
The National Park is awaiting the results of the regional investigation.
Published on October 22, 2019 at 3:16 pm
La Maddalena, 22 October 2019 - The Sardinia Region has communicated its authorization to implement a plan for the eradication of wild boars in the territory of La Maddalena.
As also reported on the "Guardiavecchia.net" page, 30 thousand euros have been allocated by the Park Authority of La Maddalena for the establishment of a fund needed for eradication.
The resolution of the phenomenon will no longer be entrusted to the team of selectors accredited to the Park Authority with the slaughter of wild boars, but the operators of the Fadda company in Olbia will be in charge of capturing the animals. A detailed plan for capturing wild boar specimens was therefore presented to the Region both in La Maddalena and Caprera.
This procedure, which will be launched from next November, will continue until March 2020.
There were now numerous reports from citizens of Maddalena who signaled the presence of wild boars in the heart of the city, especially during the night, when the animals wandered among the garbage bins in search of food.
The Mayor Luca Montella has asked the Park Authority and the Sardinia Region several times for swift intervention in order to be able to prevent possible accidents between humans and animals. A situation that went on for about two years, after the last intervention by the selectors authorized to kill wild boars.
We hope that this measure is the optimal resolution of the problem, thus avoiding unnecessary abatements.
Posted on 08 July 2019 at 16:11
La Maddalena, 8 July 2019 - The reports from citizens and tourists to the local press in La Maddalena do not cease, apparently.
In recent days, an increasingly massive appearance of wild boars that present on the islands, now often reach the beaches crowded with swimmers in search of food, is reported. In this, the neglect of those who abandon waste of all kinds along the coast certainly does not help the situation, on the contrary.
And so over the past weekend, as we learn from the guardvecchia.net page, several swimmers had to quickly abandon a beach on the Island of Spargi due to the sudden arrival of some large wild boars. Intrigued by the animals, they tried to get hold of some tourists' bags containing food.
It seems that the incident was promptly reported to the competent authorities, but no feedback was received.
The Sardinia Region, urged several times by the Park Authority and the Municipality of La Maddalena precisely with regard to these issues, apparently continues not to give a signal of response.
It is hoped that the situation will not turn out at this point, to resorting to repairs after an episode involving the worst implication of the affair has occurred.
LA MADDALENA - On Tuesday 14 January, the killing of the wild boar hybrids that have been infesting our entire archipelago for years will begin.
This was announced by the President of the Park Authority Ing. Fabrizio Fonnesu.
“We finally stopped blaming the case and we were able to reach an agreement by closing the circle. In fact, you know very well that Pending the Park Plan that will allow us to manage the flora and fauna of the Archipelago ALONE , without other interlocutors, (as also for sea urchins), the actors who today have to express their opinion are many.
At the moment - continues Fonnesu - the Park will make use of the help of selecontrollers until April 10 for the days of Tuesday is Friday from 17.00 to 22.00 , while from 10 April on with the help of the Forestas Agency cages will be placed throughout the year for the capture of animals which will be subsequently slaughtered by authorized personnel.
Regarding the Eradication Plan of these crossed pigs - concluded Fabrizio Fonnesu - I would like to clarify that we are well advanced and that we are confident of being able to adopt it by the summer. This means that these ungulates will no longer be limited in number as has always been the case, but will be completely eradicated from the entire territory of the National Park because they are considered allochthonous species, in the hope that the undergrowth today devastated by their presence can recover..”
LA MADDALENA - Tonight around 3 am, a large boar climbed over the fence of some houses and entered the interior in search of food. The inhabitants who appeared in the square by the screams of a domestic dog attacked and bitten by the same boar, tried to remove it without success.
Therefore, the attempts of the inhabitants to remove the large animal that tried to attack even the people who had to barricade inside their homes were useless.
Fortunately, the situation was resolved this morning by the men of the Regional Forestry Corps of La Maddalena who, after numerous and complicated attempts, finally managed to get the wild boar out of the housing fence.
“If I or my little son had gone out into the courtyard, as we do every day, I don't know how it could have ended… ”- a young mother living in the area said frightened.
In this case, it can be said that a tragedy has been touched upon and the Local Authorities (Region, Park and Municipality), have not yet taken any measures for the protection of people from these hungry and angry animals that circulate freely throughout the territory ... despite the now numerous and useless reports already sent to the same local Authorities .
"They want to kill wild boars to pursue their hobby"
After reading the note issued by Provincial Police regarding the story of the ungulates present at the foot of the Fiesole hills, the Empty Cages Association of Florence lashes out against the wild boar hunters at the gates of the city: "Wild boars arriving in the city and for this desecration are trapped," collected ". and then killed?".
The Association points the finger at the war on the boar, as reported by the chronicles that underline the statements of politicians and representatives of farmers who they line up for the halving of our homegrown population of ungulates, and tries to give an explanation to the phenomenon that sees the fauna doubled if not tripled compared to its natural presence on the territory.What happens to the wild boars? "Boar cubs they are introduced into enclosures for dogs to exercise in what will then be the real hunt. These terrified wild boars seek escape in vain and are chased for hours and hours until they succumb madly with fear, torn apart by the bites of the dogs excited by the blood and the cries of the harnesses ".
The legislation: "The new law n. 189 of 20 July 2004 punishes the mistreatment of animals regardless of the context in which the mistreatment takes place. Law n. 157 of 11 February 1992 regulates legal activities related to hunting but if within the context of the hunting activity a subject mistreats or cruels animals beyond the rules, the new law also applies to this crime. So why should wild boar bitten, persecuted, killed escape the protection of the law? "
Wild boar hunting is also dangerous for humans: it produces more than 50 deaths and almost 200 injuries in a year. "The hunters, with the same brazenness with which they have defined themselves protectors of nature, knights of the environment, prepare themselves during the year, through the newspapers throughout Italy, to instill in public opinion but above all in that of institutions, in particularly the provincial ones, the disruptive need to eliminate wild boars. The reason is always the same, they are too many and they create damage: they devastate crops, cause car accidents, cause the breakdown of agricultural equipment, disturb other species, genetic pollution, impoverishment of natural parks, there are even those who accuse them "To eat dog food leftovers", who "To enter the private gardens of semi-detached houses", who of “Attack the dry stone walls”. The damage to agriculture is however the main pretext to continue indiscriminate hunting for commercial purposes, just think of the enormous demand in restaurants for game meat ".
But if the hunters kill the wild boars throughout the year why don't these decrease? We kill foreign boars?"The hunters forget to mention that the small native wild boar, less prolific, weighing about 70 kg has almost completely disappeared from Italy. Exterminated. They do not say that in Sicily the wild boar was historically absent, that in the Euganean hills, in the Conero, in the Larian Triangle, in Caprera and in other areas the wild boar was not present and now it exists. The wild boars for which selective killing is requested in every period of the year, are the allochthonous wild boars, coming from the countries of 'Eastern Europe, heavy about 200 kg. and much more prolific "
But how did this boar come to populate the Italian scrub? "Through imports, introductions and repopulations promoted by the same hunters, the same ones who today cry out to slaughter. Farms are added to imports, often abusive, which, in Piedmont alone, are 144 ".
Questions. "We wonder why we allowed these imports? Why still farms? Why don't we use i bloodless methods already selected for population control, for the removal of wild boars? "Answers. "All questions that have only one answer and that we citizens know well: the blackmailing power of hunters is like a bomb of water, does not miss the target. We are waiting for the social, legal, moral and intellectual disaster to reach the climax of the hydrogeological one, hoping that someone, far-sighted and enlightened, will put it on the agenda "hopes the Association.Finally what would be a hoax. "The institutions pay millions of public money for compensation
"The institutions pay millions of public money for compensationto damaged farmers e - concludes Empty Cages - above all, for repopulation for hunting purposes ".