MELAKA (Bernama): Melaka's wild boar population is not high and is not increasing at an alarming level, says Chief Minister Adly Zahari.
He said that the wild boar population in the state is under control and does not pose a threat to people because the authorities are closely monitoring its population, especially the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan).
"Perhilitan has several initiatives to address the wild boar issue, while at the state level, we have allocated funds for eradication and control programmes and we will increase the allocation in the future, ” he told reporters on Friday (Nov 8).
He was responding to a report on Thursday (Nov 7) which stated that the wild boar population in the state was alarmingly high in 30 areas and 457 wild boars were culled in the first 10 months of the year.
Adly said the issue could still be resolved through various approaches and reviewing the management of the forest areas, which are the breeding grounds for the animals.
He said the animals came out of their breeding grounds as the areas have been interrupted by development activities.
"If there is a good cooperation from all parties, this can be controlled. There is a need for a specific area for the animal’s habitat for it to live and reproduce in addition to environmental sustainability, ” he said. - Bernama