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Curfew Imposed After Multiple Wild Boar Attacks

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Residents in multiple neighborhoods across northern Rome have implemented a nightly curfew to reduce the number of wild boar attacks in the area.

In the most recent attack, a woman claimed that a boar “was on top of my head” after she was pushed to the ground. For years, wild boars have roamed the Italian city but after this incident, the residents of Balduina and six other districts imposed an 8:30pm curfew.

“On the [social media] chats between people in the district, and especially in group chats between people who have dogs, it is advised not to go out after 8:30pm. Because at night, if somebody falls over or is hurt and nobody is around to help, then they could remain on the ground for who knows how long,” Gianluca Sabino, a Balduina resident, said.

The president of a residents’ activist group in Aurelio, Franco Quaranta, described the curfew as “self-protection” for the citizens since authorities have continuously failed to find a solution to the problem.

“This time the victim was an adult – but what if it happens to a child? With [the boars’] teeth, even just a bite to the leg is enough to jeopardize someone’s life,” Quaranta said.

Marta Santangelo was the victim of the most recent boar attack. She was attacked by a boar beside a garbage bin while walking her dog.

“It was just before 11pm… I was carrying a bag of rubbish and by the bin I noticed boar cubs. The mother was fixating on me. I understood that maybe she was scared and so picked up my dog and ran for cover,” she said.

Santangelo was picked up by a motorist and taken to hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries to both her face and knee.

Rome authorities have since announced a handful of anti-boar measures, including fencing-off areas of natural park so the animals can no longer enter the city, and regularly collecting rubbish, prioritizing garbage bins in areas close to the boars’ primary access points.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/03/rome-residents-curfew-wild-boar-attacks

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