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Wild boars terrorize Islamabad, Pakistan's capital


A baby monkey named Miwa hangs on to the back of a baby boar named Uribo while they run around in the Fukuchiyama City Zoo, Kyoto Prefecture on October 19, 2010. Both have been sheltered by the zoo since June after losing their mothers.



Pakistan's capital is fighting a hairy invader: the wild boar, which has taken over Islamabad in ever increasing numbers.

The wild pigs, which feast on rubbish outside homes and restaurants, are said to be a major cause of traffic accidents, and will charge if frightened or injured. The animals can weigh up to 220 pounds, have sharp teeth, and adult males have tusks.

The Associated Press reported that city authorities are using poison and allowing free hunting permits to try and cut down on the wild boar population, but few Pakistanis are interested.

"Hunters are wary of getting arrested by the police, or even worse — getting mistaken for a terrorist," the AP reported.

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But Islamabad is not the only city facing a wild boar problem.

Berlin is also battling the hogs, which damage gardens, cemeteries, and are said to have been responsible for 15 percent of the city's car accidents, the Guardian reported.

Faced with a booming population of boars, authorities have hired hunters to kill them. The hunt is focused on shooting piglets under 15 weeks old, a plan that has faced widespread public opposition, the Guardian said.

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