Portugal has an overpopulation of wild boars, which is estimated close to 300 thousand specimens, and it is necessary to reduce the number of animals to mitigate damage in agriculture and the occurrence of road accidents, it was announced today.
These are some of the conclusions of the Boar Strategic and Action Plan, presented in Evora, which was promoted by the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests (ICNF) and prepared by experts from the University of Aveiro.
The Boar Strategic and Action Plan was prepared by Rita Torres and João Carvalho, from the Center for Environment and Sea Studies (CESAM) of the University of Aveiro, and Carlos Fonseca, from CoLAB ForestWISE.
According to the researchers, the average abundance of wild boars in Portugal is estimated at 277,000.
“The numbers show an overpopulation of wild boar,” said Carlos Fonseca, noting that the population density of this species is higher in the regions of Alentejo, Beira Interior and Trás-os-Montes.
Highlighting that this study “is unprecedented in Portugal”, the researcher stressed that the country is now among those with more information about this species and will be able to take the best decisions.