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Wild Boars Turning Italian Wine Region into a War Zone

NY Times

Feral hogs aren’t just a problem for the United States, they’re wreaking havoc in Italy.

What’s worse than destructive wild boars? Drunk, destructive wild boars. In Chianti, Italy, residents are erecting fences that are stronger and taller than usual to withstand one common enemy: the hog.

In the heart of Tuscany, these hogs are absolutely decimating prized vineyards that produce some of the best wine the world. As the New York Times reported, “the population now threatens a delicate Tuscan ecosystem, in addition to provoking hundreds of car accidents a year and damaging the production of their treasured Chianti Classico.”

There is an estimated $11-16 million being lost in harvests each year and combined with the cost of keeping the hogs out, it’s proving to be one expensive endeavor.

After poking and prodding from the residents, the region finally decided to approve a “law aimed at drastically reducing the number of wild boars and deer over the next three years, bringing the population to around 150,000 from more than 400,000 today.”

The law’s stipulation on hunting, however, is a sore spot for Italian hunters looking to solve the problem because it focuses on selective hunting under extremely strict conditions. The hunters feel that if they could proceed as they normally would, they would be much more effective.

At least we now know the United States isn’t the only place with a hog problem.

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Wild Boars Turning Italian Wine Region into a War Zone