Motorists warned about wild boars

23rd October 2007, Comments 0 comments

23 October 2007, ARNHEM – Rijswaterstaat, the directorate for water management and public works, warned motorists on Tuesday to be careful of wild boars on the motorways in the Veluwe region. Last weekend six boars were spotted on the motorway.

23 October 2007

ARNHEM – Rijswaterstaat, the directorate for water management and public works, warned motorists on Tuesday to be careful of wild boars on the motorways in the Veluwe region. Last weekend six boars were spotted on the motorway.

No accidents resulted but the situation is worrying, says a spokesperson for the Rijkswaterstaat in the eastern Netherlands. 

The boars frequently wander onto the on and off ramps, usually in the evening hours and at night. The animals tear up the shoulders of the roads and cause considerable damage. They also cross the road. Rijkswaterstaat is checking the roadsides every morning this week for possible damage.

The animals wander both individually and in groups. Two weeks ago a motorist collided with a group of six wild boards near Heerde.

Rijkswaterstaat advises motorists to be careful. "Drive at a moderate speed once it gets dark. Don't slam on the brake if a boar is crossing because that's what causes accidents. Try to swerve to avoid the boar," the spokesperson for the Rijkswaterstaat says.

There are some 4,000 to 6,000 wild boars in the Veluwe area this autumn, while the forests there only accommodate about 800 animals. Hunters want to bring down the population by hunting and the province of Gelderland has granted permits.

Parliament however expressed disapproval of this situation last week. Agriculture Minister Gerda Verburg must now decide what other measures might be taken to address the overpopulation.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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