A POEM A DAY - BOAR DANGER


Jabali, or wild boar live in the countryside throughout this area of Eastern Spain. They have no natural predator and are becoming a problem as they come down from the hills into villages and towns. The farmers have long since put up with damage to their crops, my neighbour lost a whole field of watermelon to frolicking boar one summer, however their presence on the road is a danger to the boar and man. This past week my family were returning on the motorway from Alicante at 7 in the evening, just past dusk. A huge male boar came from nowhere, glowing orange in the headlights from the terrecotta clay. It hit the car, was killed and the travellers were very lucky to only damage their car and not themselves. I do not know the answer to the problem, much of the area is not fenced and I do not like fences. I would like to think we can live side by side with our wild neighbours without danger to either. 




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