Spike in wild boar sightings this year so far: AVA

An wild boar  is seen running across Punggol Road on July 18, 2016.
An wild boar is seen running across Punggol Road on July 18, 2016.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

SINGAPORE - The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has received 58 reports of wild boar sightings so far this year as of this week.

In 2015, there were 77 sightings altogether.

AVA said that the 58 reports were from January to July 20 this year, 19 more than the 39 sightings reported from January to June.

 
 
 

The spike could be due to increased awareness of the issue by the public, rather than an increase in the population.

There could have been multiple sightings of the same boars, The Straits Times understands.

It may also be that the boars have been venturing out to urban areas more often. This is possible if they start to associate people with food.

Many of the sightings publicly reported this year were in Punggol and Pasir Ris. These have appeared in the news, on social media and on the Stomp website.

Mr Stanley Tan, 57, captured dramatic footage of a large wild boar darting across Punggol Road on Monday (July 18) evening.

The footage from his car's dash camera was first posted on Stomp.

The management consultant was travelling slower than 50kmh as he was not familiar with the area, and there was a pedestrian walking on the road shoulder, he said.

Otherwise, he could have hit the boar, which he saw about 20 to 30 metres in front of his car, Mr Tan said.

He added that this could be a road safety issue. This sighting was not reported to the AVA.

In April, a wild boar crashed into a 49-year-old motorcyclist on the Seletar Expressway.

Logistics worker Krishnan fractured his right shoulder, and the wild boar died in the crash.

In May, it was reported that a boy was taken to hospital after being injured by a wild boar.

The incident happened near Block 184 in Edgefield Plains in Punggol.

A car's dashcam footage showed a wild boar running on the road in the neighbourhood that day.

Last month, a video posted online of a woman feeding wild boars around the Lorong Halus Jetty in Pasir Ris stirred a debate.

In March, a wild boar was found dead by a road in Jurong, possibly after it was hit by a vehicle.

AVA said that when it receives feedback on wild boards, surveillance will be carried out to "assess the situation".

"If there are public safety or nuisance concerns, control operations will be carried out," it said.

Control operations have been ongoing in Punggol and Lorong Halus area in Pasir Ris, AVA said.

"The public is advised not to feed wild animals as this alters their behaviour and may cause them to be reliant on humans for food," AVA added.