Town's patience with wild boars wears out

Jan. 15, 2012 at 7:47 AM

ALASSIO, Italy, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- An Italian resort town overrun with wild boars has granted residents the right to shoot them on sight, local officials said.

Spokesman for the town of Alassio, Paolo Ripamonti, told the ANSA news agency the boars have worn out their quirky cachet by digging up and ruining gardens, causing traffic accidents and striking fear into children and adults.

The town is in the Liguria region on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea near the French border and has a strong tourism industry, which the boars were threatening, Ripamonti said.

"The population was exasperated," he said.

Culling the boars has a bonus for the hunters -- the animals, originally related to pigs, are considered a delicacy in Italy, ANSA said.

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