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Tulkarem farmers try to control boar population, blame settlers

June 15, 2016 2:51 P.M. (Updated: June 15, 2016 2:51 P.M.)
TULKAREM (Ma’an) -- Palestinian farmers in the village of Balaa east of Tulkarem in the northern occupied West Bank said they were reportedly dealing with an ongoing wild boar problem which they blamed on Israelis living in nearby illegal settlements.

The farmers told Ma’an that after years of injuries and damages to agricultural lands caused by wild boars, which they claim have been repeatedly released in the area by extremist settlers, the residents of Balaa had “succeeded in poisoning” 25 wild boars in an agricultural area.

Tariq Abu Hilweh, who owns a poultry farm in the Umm al-Toot area, said that herds of wild boars had been causing serious damages to farms, especially poultry farms. 

“Since the beginning of summer, farmers have been trying to annihilate wild boars who attack farms and cause heavy damages,” he said.

Hilweh also highlighted that farmers were not allowed to possess rifles to shoot wild boars when they attack farms and people. Thus, poison was the best way, he said.

Palestinian farmers, in particular in the Salfit and Tulkarem districts, have repeatedly reported wild boar attacks on farms, claiming that Israeli settlers have brought boars and released them near Palestinian areas.

Meanwhile, some organizations have alleged that the construction of the Israeli separation wall has affected the habitat of wild boars, possibly leading to higher concentrations of the animal's population in certain areas in the occupied West Bank.
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