Wild boar moderately injures elderly person in northern Israel
A man in his 60s was slightly injured in a wild boar attack on Sunday evening in the northern city of Haifa.
Doctors from the Magen David Adom ambulance service treated the man and took him to the city’s Rambam Hospital in stable condition, suffering from injuries to his limbs and head. The hospital said the man had broken a shin.
“The injured man was lying conscious on the sidewalk. He said while walking his dog he was attacked by a wild boar and injured himself,” first responders told Ynet.
“We provided him with medical treatment, which included a split and administration of painkillers, and transported him in a moderate condition for further treatment at the hospital.”
Wild boars, a species of wild pig found in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, can be up to two meters (over six feet) long, although most are smaller.
Seeing a lone boar strutting the streets of Haifa was once a rare sight, but today these wandering thugs have become a common and growing problem.
According to locals, herds of wild boar can often be seen roaming the city streets, wreaking havoc and destroying property, and in rare cases like the Sunday incident, even becoming hostile and attacking people.
Unlike his predecessors who chose to cull the wild boar population by hunting, the current mayor of Haifa, Einat Kalisch-Rotem, decided to solve the problem with non-lethal means. She chose to deprive the pigs of all food and water sources in the city, for example by reinforcing the trash cans to prevent animals from reaching the food thrown inside.
These measures have not found favor with some local elected officials who say they are useless.