NParks exploring study of wild boars islandwide

It comes after NUS research shows 2016 population size in reserve was lower than that used to justify 2012 culling

Above: A signboard at Windsor Nature Park advising people on what to do if they encounter a wild boar. Right: A boar foraging for food off Choa Chu Kang Road last year. The study that NParks may conduct would look at how far the pigs move in search o
Above: A boar foraging for food off Choa Chu Kang Road last year. The study that NParks may conduct would look at how far the pigs move in search of food, population densities, family size and reproduction rates.ST FILE PHOTO
Above: A signboard at Windsor Nature Park advising people on what to do if they encounter a wild boar. Right: A boar foraging for food off Choa Chu Kang Road last year. The study that NParks may conduct would look at how far the pigs move in search o
Above: A signboard at Windsor Nature Park advising people on what to do if they encounter a wild boar. ST FILE PHOTO

An islandwide study of wild boars could be on the cards, to guide the National Parks Board (NParks) on how best to manage populations of the animal in the future, The Straits Times has learnt.

The agency's study would look at how far the pigs move in search of food, population densities, family size and reproduction rates, according to Mr James Gan, director of NParks' National Biodiversity Centre.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2018, with the headline 'NParks exploring study of wild boars islandwide'. Subscribe