MELAKA: Melaka’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) has reported exponentially high population of wild boars in 30 areas here.
State Perhilitan director Mohd Hasdi Husin said the animals were also sighted at the urban areas and housing estates.
"The data on the population of the wild boars shows an increase compared to last year.
“We have culled 437 wild boars since January to October of this year but the sightings are still being reported," he said after eradication and sampling programme of wild boars at Pulau Besar here on Thursday (Nov 7).
Also present were state Agriculture, Agro-based, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperative Committee chairman Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee and Melaka Veterinary Department director Dr Aidi Mohamad.
Mohd Hasdi said Melaka Tengah district saw the highest number of wild boars being eradicated with 212 culled followed by 128 in Jasin and 97 in Alor Gajah.
He said sightings were mostly reported in Semabok, Masjid Tanah, Bukit Katil and Padang Temu.
“We will be placing nine traps costing RM23,000 in areas deemed having high population of wild boars while the operation of hunting the animals will be continued,” he added.
In September, Norhizam Hassan reportedly said that Indonesian wild boars were "invading" by swimming from Sumatra to Melaka in search of new habitats.
“The sea-borne invasion of wild boars leaves us in despair as the animal population is increasing in Melaka.
“The mystical island of Pulau Besar has witnessed widespread damage from the ‘migration' of dozens of these wild boars, including piglets,” he said.