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Wild boar cause damage to Marbella parks despite efforts to keep them out

Recent damage caused by wild boar.
Recent damage caused by wild boar. / SUR
  • A 15,000-euro fence in Xarblanca has failed to keep out the animals which dig up lawns and gardens in search of food after dark

Wild boar continue to cause "significant" damage to public parks such as Xarblanca and Bello Horizonte, the Marbella councillor for Parks and Gardens, Javier García, has said.

Local residents regularly complain about the holes and loss of vegetation that the animals cause as they increasingly venture into residential areas to forage for food, explained the councillor.

"The problem is not new," he added, "But it has got worse over the last year."

The problem also affects parts of the municipality of Mijas and areas on the east side of the province of Malaga.

In an attempt to solve the problem, the local authority spent 15,000 euros on a 550-metre-long perimeter fence in the park in Xarblanca. "We thought that it would slow down their access to the park, but these animals dig under the fences," admitted García.

In the case of Bello Horizonte, which is jointly owned by the town hall and the Junta de Andalucía, for the time being the local authority is to replace the lost vegetation and "get rid of the holes", said the councillor. Meanwhile the council is searching for solutions to "repel" the animals as much as possible.

In an attempt to reduce the growing population of wild boar, the Junta de Andalucía relaxed hunting restrictions for the species in July last year.