Wild boars come at night and destroy everything in their way. In the case of the plantations on the border between Benicàssim and Castellón, in Spain, oranges are licked off until they are left dry. The wild boar pest is growing to ever-increasing proportions. The problem is no longer limited to rural areas; the animals are also increasingly found in urban areas.
"It is getting worse, I am sure that very serious accidents will happen soon in this area," says Vicente Gimeno, a grower with a plantation near the border between Benicàssim and Castellón. In his case, wild boars "have eaten about 3,000 to 4,000 kilos of mandarins."
"They are starting to invade some roads, and the N-340 highway is nearby, I have filed a complaint with the Benicàssim municipality, but they didn't even listen to me," said Gimeno.
Sources from the agricultural sector and hunters have also warned that the boars are increasingly closer to the coast. The authority in charge of controlling this overcrowding, the Ministry of the Environment, has not yet reacted, despite the fact that members of the hunting club Caza Mayor in Castellón have already been "requesting measures for two years." Some of these measures include extending the hunting season until the end of March and improving the fencing in order to keep wild boars in check, explains deputy Leo Gil.
Measures have also been requested by the cooperative Unió de Llauradors, including the granting of hunting permissions outside the season. Because of the inconvenience generated by the wild boars, growers in the area of Prat de Cabanes-Torreblanca have set up electric fences to prevent the access of the animals. According to Ramón Mampel, secretary-general of the cooperative, the current measures are insufficient to deal with this pest.