The presence of wild boars in Rome, a problem that worsens every day

The presence of entire herds of wild boars in the streets of Rome has become an emergency that no mayor has been able to solve and that is increasingly worrying its citizens, who have even imposed a nightly curfew to avoid the animals, given the ineffectiveness of the authorities.

This serious problem, whose beginnings date back to less than a decade ago, came to the fore during the pandemic, when the absence of people in the streets of the capital favored the entry of wild boars to reach several hundred – officially there is no exact figure – that can be seen today in various areas of the city.

Spotting a couple of wild boars has become a daily routine for Romans, as evidenced by the multitude of videos circulating on social networks of these wild animals strolling among cars and pedestrians, without being exposed to hunting or other predators and with food available in the overflowing garbage containers.

Danger from wild boars

Although these mammals may appear calm, their presence in the city poses a serious danger because they can cause traffic accidents and attack people and pets.

In fact, several residents of the Aurelio neighborhood, in the north of Rome and adjacent to the Vatican, have even declared a “nighttime curfew” after a neighbor was attacked by a female that was with her young, which, although it did not have serious consequences, caused alarm, according to local media.

Causes of the presence of wild boars

One of the main reasons for the massive influx of wild boars in Rome is the peculiarity of the city, whose 1,285 square kilometers are completely surrounded by large agricultural areas and green spaces, in many cases with hardly any maintenance.

These spaces are conducive to the arrival of the animals, attracted mainly by the availability of food that they find in the containers, full of garbage due to chronic mismanagement of waste.

Actions taken by the City Council

In the first six months of management of the new Roman mayor, Roberto Gualtieri, has failed to improve the situation left by his predecessor, Virgina Raggi, much criticized for her poor waste management, although the alderman has announced his intention to build before 2025 an incinerator to deal with the waste problem.

A few days ago, the local government approved the first project to identify the points of entry of wild boars, such as the Insugherta park or the Apia Antica park, with the aim of fencing them off and focusing garbage collection efforts there.

Proposals from environmentalists

But animal protection associations are very skeptical about the lack of preventive measures and criticize the fact that the security forces kill wild boars – as happened last April 22 with a specimen that was in the neighborhood where the mayor lives – because they are not aggressive, but defend themselves when they feel threatened.

To protect wild boars they propose non-violent solutions, such as sterilizing them to prevent the population from growing or capturing them and returning them to the countryside, although the Administration questions these solutions because they are impracticable from a technical point of view and almost always unsustainable from a practical and economic point of view.

Despite their differences, both sides agree that the authorities must act urgently and imminently to solve an emergency that involves solving the city’s chronic waste problem.


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