Firecracker provokes urban boar’s fury

An urban wild boar roaming the uptown Riga neighborhood of Jugla Sunday night attacked a woman and her dog, reported news portal Delfi Monday.

The incident took place in the yard of a multi-story apartment block on Brivibas street where residents had already noticed the wild animal and had tried to drive it away by setting off firecrackers.

“The sow went up to the petard calmly and watched it explode by its nose, then sniffed all around it and went back to her piglets,” the woman, named Irina, recalled.

It’s possible the boar was enraged by the firecracker, and upon encountering the woman with her husky, lunged at the pair.

“She was just a few meters away from me. I lost the leash on my dog and it got caught on the fence. The pig attacked the dog and they started to fight. I didn’t think anything would be left of the dog, but only his paw was injured. I saved myself by running over to the cars in the parking lot,” Irina explained.

The dog received urgent veterinary treatment, where the clinic staff claimed this was already the third dog in just the past week which has suffered from a wild boar attack.

Irina said she has submitted a complaint to the State Police and Riga City Council with a request to resolve this problem.

“These pigs feel right at home in our Riga backyards, and this is getting to be life-threatening situation,” she argued.

This is just the latest encounter reported since herds of wild boar have begun to make more and more conspicuous forays into Riga's densely populated, but still partly wooded neighborhoods with undeveloped or otherwise vacant tracts of land.

Two boar had to be removed from downtown Riga last week by local government police, who had to use a taser to subdue one of them.

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