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Wild boars cause major problems in Italy.
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In and around Rome, it is not uncommon to see hairy wild boars rummaging through garbage cans or roaming the street. And while the population has mostly succumbed to coexistence with the animals, the situation appears to be getting worse. Some animals now have an infectious disease, others have infected humans living in their expanding environment.

The Italian government plans to cull residents after at least one wild boar tested positive for African swine fever in the Insogirata nature reserve this week; Two other animals found in the same area likely also tested positive, according to state-owned news station RAI.

The disease does not threaten humans. But this does not mean that they are safe from Italian pigs; In recent months, residents have reported multiple cases of pig aggression towards people. In parts of northern Rome, the city bans outdoor picnics, and some neighborhoods even implement curfews to deter contact between pigs and humans.

Although animals fell ill in the northwestern regions of Piedmont and Liguria earlier this year, this is the first time officials have detected African swine fever in animals near the Italian capital, according to reports. guardianAngela Giuffrida.

Agricultural trade group Coldiretti says nearly 2.3 million wild boars roam across Italy, of which nearly 20,000 are in the Rome region. While African swine fever cannot be transmitted to humans, it can infect and kill commercial pigs for food.

The highly contagious virus first appeared in East Africa in the early 20th century, and then spread to Europe and Asia. It has not yet been discovered in the United States. An outbreak can be devastating for livestock keepers, who lose their animals to the disease itself or are forced to slaughter their herds to stop the spread of the disease. In China, the world’s largest pork-producing country, farmers killed hundreds of millions of pigs due to the viral disease in 2018 and 2019.

Affected animals experience high fever, redness or patches of skin, diarrhea, vomiting, cough, difficulty breathing, and weakness, according to the USDA.

“I respect the sensitivities of all animal and environmental activists, but we are facing an emergency situation and it must be addressed with emergency tools,” Andrea Costa, Italy’s undersecretary for health, told Rai, according to Google Translate.

Domesticated pigs are descended from their wild cousins, and are native to Europe and Asia. Researchers say its population has grown in recent decades due to a high animal reproduction rate and lack of predators, along with climate change, reforestation efforts, and decreased hunting.

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Animals snoring in litter boxes and roaming the streets of Rome.

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In addition to posing a threat to the country’s ranchers, pigs also frighten the population – and in some cases injure them. Earlier this month, several neighborhoods in the northern part of the city imposed an 8:30 p.m. curfew after a wild boar shoved a woman to the ground.

Marta Santangelo was out walking her dog and taking out the litter around 11 p.m. when a piglet with seven little pigs attacked her, according to reports. RepublicRomina Marsica. Although Santangelo tried to escape from her boar attacker, she fell to the ground and the wild boar descended on her head. A passerby took Santangelo to the hospital, where doctors treated her for minor injuries.

Self-imposed curfews are meant to make sure other people are there to help during another attack.

“This time, it was an adult,” says Franco Quaranta, head of one of the neighborhood groups. RepublicValentina Lubia, according to Google Translate. “But what if it happened to a child? … With their teeth, a bite on the leg is enough to risk a person’s life.”

Hungry animals will also make great efforts to get a meal. Last year, a video of pigs trapping a woman leaving a grocery store went viral. After a few seconds resisting the mob, the woman dropped her bags and the pigs fled with their loot.

The Rural Culture Association wrote on its Facebook page sharing the video: “Animals cannot be allowed to roam unsupervised around the city without anyone doing anything.” The group, whose members include everyone from fishermen to truffle hog keepers, used the video to “…demand the immediate activation of an effective containment plan for the welfare of all citizens.”

It remains to be seen how the Italian government will tackle the growing animal problem. At least for the time being, the pigs are safe to carry on the pigs on country streets and parking lots.

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