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Protected boars run wild outside reserve

A NATURE reserve in southwestern China has been so successful in protecting wild boars and rhesus monkeys that officials have now applied for permission to kill some animals to protect neighboring villages.

In 2007 alone, at least three people died from blood loss caused by wild boar attacks in Honghe County, Yunnan Province, according to Spring City Evening Post.

A total of 585 people had reported destruction and vandalism last year caused by wild boars and monkeys wandering outside their habitat in the Honghe Hani and Yi autonomous county in Yunnan Province, according to Forestry Bureau spokesman Zhang Kaiping.

He told the newspaper that more than 1.03 million yuan (US$150,800) of damage had been caused to property.

Now the bureau is working out how many animals to cull. Wild boars can attack when startled by humans, and use their tusks to gore people.


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