SEGAMAT: Wild boars are not aggressive by nature and will not attack people unless provoked, said the Wildlife and National Park Department (Perhilitan).
Its Johor director Hasnan Yusop said that the wild animals would usually attack humans when it feels that it is being threatened.
“In the event that a wild boar appears, my advice to those working in the forest or at farms is to either hide behind a large tree, climb up a tree or arm yourself with a weapon such as a parang,” he said in a statement.
He also advised against provoking the wild boar or any wild animal as this would cause it to attack.
“They could also turn aggressive to protect their territory,” Hasnan said, adding that wounded wild boars hurt by illegal traps put up by hunters or poachers could also cause them to turn violent.
His statement came following the deaths of an elderly couple who were attacked by a wild boar while tapping rubber in Kampung Kuala Paya in Buloh Kasap here on July 2.
The owner of the plantation found the bodies of Loo See Seng, 66, and his wife Liow Siew Lan, 68, among the trees when the couple failed to return with their latex by noon.
They were found with slash marks all over their bodies.
Hasnan said the wild boar or its scientific name of sus scrofa, was a protected species under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 and anyone found hunting or keeping them without a permit could be fined up to RM100,000 or jailed for two years, or both.
He said that each year, the state department destroys about 500 illegal traps.