What to do when you encounter a wild boar

Last month, a large number of them were spotted at a bus interchange in Tuas.
Last month, a large number of them were spotted at a bus interchange in Tuas. ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

SINGAPORE - Wild boars are animals native to Singapore. While their natural habitats are in forests, wild boars are versatile creatures, and can venture into urban areas as well.

Last month, a large number of them were spotted at a bus interchange in Tuas.

Like many other wild animals, boars tend to attack only if they are cornered or if they feel threatened.

Here are some tips from the authorities on what to do should you encounter these animals, which can weigh up to 100kg and live more than 20 years.

• Be calm and move slowly away from the animal. Do not approach or attempt to feed it.

• Keep a safe distance and do not corner or provoke the animal, for instance by using a flash while taking its picture.

 

• Female wild boars are very protective of their young and can easily be provoked. If you see adults with young piglets, leave them alone. These are potentially more dangerous because they may feel the need to defend their young.

SOURCES: NPARKS, AVA