Canned heat as more boar caged and relocated

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Riga's increasingly famous population of urban wild boar was reduced once again over the weekend with a family of 10 porky residents caged and moved away from the Jugla residential district to the forested districts of Adazi and Seja, where their peace and tranquility will only be threatened by the proximity of a major NATO training area.

The 10 wild boar - three large pigs and seven piglets - were captured by hunters on the night of August 1 and moved with the connivance of the State Forestry Service.

In contrast with previous expulsions of the porcine population, this particular family was feisty and put up stiff resistance, said Kaspars Suikovskis of the Riga District Hunting Club, perhaps indicative that they are becoming annoyed with Riga City Council's unending efforts to move them on despite the huge publicity that have generated for the Latvian capital by allowing themselves to be filmed hanging around tram stops and wandering the streets like most other law-abiding citizens.

Wild boar seem to have a particular liking for the Jugla part of the city as numerous sightings and some striking video footage such as the one below shows.

Given that Adazi is only a short bus journey away, it would be no surprise to see them back again in the near future.



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