SINGAPORE - Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed in Hillview to monitor the wild boars situation there, following an attack which left a man injured.
The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said on Monday (Oct 23) that the cameras have been installed temporarily at a forested area behind HillV2 shopping mall and close to Hillview Rise, which are areas where wild boars may emerge from.
"The footage from the cameras will help us better understand the presence or movement of any wild boars in the area. Should wild boars be sighted, AVA will assess the situation and take the necessary mitigation measures," an AVA spokesman said.
She added that the AVA intends to put up signage about wildlife crossings at specific locations to warn motorists to watch out for wild animals, and erect barriers to prevent animals from encroaching onto roads.
It is working closely with the National Parks Board, wildlife rescue group Acres (Animal Concerns Research & Education Society), Wildlife Reserves Singapore and the National University of Singapore to implement these mitigation measures.
Last Thursday, a 44-year-old man, identified only as Mr Jin, suffered cuts and lacerations on both legs after he was attacked by a wild boar outside a condominium at 25 Hillview Avenue.
He was walking towards Hillview MRT station when he spotted the animal approaching him. As he tried to run, he lost his balance and fell, which was when the wild boar charged at him. The animal was later hit by a passing bus and died.
The AVA said it will be educating residents living in Hillview on what to do when they encounter wild boars.
Members of the public who encounter a wild boar are advised to:
- Keep a safe distance from the wild boars and avoid confronting or cornering them.
- Not to approach, disturb or try to catch wild boars.
- Not to interact with the wild boars and to keep young children and pets away from them.