The selective interventions authorized by the Province of Piacenza on the basis of the five-year regional plan of wild boar control 2021/2026. The regional plan provides for two methods of sampling. The owner or tenant of an agricultural property can ask the Local Police Headquarters for Province of Piacenza the authorization to make use of the possibility of activating the so-called "self-defense", which only allows capture with a trap, manhole cover or selective shooting from a fixed position.
The Territorial Agriculture, Hunting and Fishing Service, the wildlife management bodies of the territory, the territorial hunting areas and private institutes can instead ask the Command of the local police of the Province of Piacenza the activation of collective interventions defined as "endorsements", in teams made up of a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 10 people. Detailed information and application forms can be found in the section of institutional site of the Province. Considering the recent block period of interventions caused by the problems connected to the checks carried out after the discovery of some cases of African swine fever among ungulates from other territories, the numbers of interventions authorized in the course of 2022 are significant: from the beginning of the year to today 51 interventions were authorized in "self-defense" (of which 6 with traps) and 32 in "endorsement".
At this rate, within a few days the total authorizations granted will be more than 100. In our territory the Five-year control plan - prepared for a series of reasons: health, protection of zoo-agro-forestry and fish production, soil protection, etc. - is implemented in a context in which, every year, the sum (between hunting activities and control plans) of wild boar harvesting, whose only predators are wolves, is between over two thousand and over three thousand units . The effects of the interventions on the reduction of road accidents: the rate of collisions of cars with wild boars in Piacentino is among the lowest in Emilia-Romagna.
“The Province has promptly acknowledged the resolution of the Emilia Romagna region - comments the provincial councilor Giampaolo Maloberti - allowing the implementation of all the measures provided for in the Control Plan, also due to the period of suspension of some killing methods due to swine fever. The goal was to allow the activation of all the interventions that can contribute to contrasting the proliferation of ungulates which cause damage to crops and represent a serious danger to road safety "(Liberta.it).
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