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Public urged to be on alert as wild boar may still be roaming in East Kerry

Jun 16, 2021 13:06 By radiokerrynews
Public urged to be on alert as wild boar may still be roaming in East Kerry Public urged to be on alert as wild boar may still be roaming in East Kerry
Photograph taken by Ronan Walsh, Cordal.
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The National Parks and Wildlife Service is urging people in Cordal and Castleisland to be on alert as a wild boar may still be roaming in the area.

Seven wild boar or feral pigs were seen in the Mount Eagle and Knockatee area of Cordal, a popular walking area for locals.

The NPWS was contacted and they removed six of the seven animals yesterday evening.

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However, one of the wild animals is currently unaccounted for.

Regional manager for National Parks and Wildlife Service, Seamus Hassett is urging members of the public not to approach this wild boar, if they come across it.

It’s illegal to release such animals into the wild; the NPWS says they pose a serious risk to agriculture, in particular to cows and pigs, as they can carry and spread diseases including blue tongue and African swine flu.

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A landowner saw the feral pigs/wild boar and contacted the NPWS yesterday, who visited the area and euthanised six of the seven animals; the landowner has been praised for their quick action in reporting the sighting.

Seamus Hassett says the seventh boar may still be roaming in the area, and he is appealing to people to be cautious if they see it:

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The NPWS Killarney office can be contacted on 064 6635215.

 

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