Hybrids between domestic pigs and wild boars has become a major problem in some communities in Spain and now hunting around the clock is being organized to resolve the problem.
The Andalusian regional government, the Junta de Andalucía, has declared that there is an emergency and has approved a temporary pig hunting in 26 municipalities in the province of Málaga. The number of hybrids have become so large that they threaten the genetic purity of wild boars and pose a health risk. With this action the authorities will enable the recovery of the gentics of the wild boar stem and prevent damage to the ecosystem, livestock, agriculture, and increasingly a problem in urban areas.
Initially, they will try to catch the pigs alive in traps, but if that’s not enough, firearms will be used. Persecution and hunting will take place around the clock during the hunting season of 2014-2015.
The hunting area covers the municipalities of:
Alfarnate, Viñuela, Algatocín, Alhaurin el Grande, Alhaurin de la Torre, Almogía, Alora, Alpandeire, Antequera, Atajate, Benadalid, Benahavis, Benalauría, Benalmádena, Benaojan, Benarrabá, El Burgo, Campillos, Cañete la Real, Cartajima, Antequera, Casarabonela, Casares, Coin, Colmenar and Cortes de la Frontera.