AVA conducting 'control operations' on wild boars in Punggol

AVA conducting 'control operations' on wild boars in Punggol

'Control operations' on wild boars are being carried out after a video of a woman feeding the animals triggered discussion online.

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SINGAPORE: The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) on Tuesday (Jun 21) said it is carrying out "control operations" on wild boars in the Punggol area after a video which showed a woman feeding a group of the animals gained attention online.

The video, which was posted on the Love Cycling SG Facebook page on Sunday, sparked discussion among netizens about the act of feeding the animals and whether authorities would take action.

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On Tuesday, an AVA spokesperson said that when it receives feedback on wild boar sightings, surveillance is conducted to assess the situation.

"If there are public safety or nuisance concerns, control operations will be carried out. Currently, control operations are ongoing in the Punggol area," AVA said. It added that as of Tuesday evening, no wild boars have been caught in the Lorong Halus area.

AVA also advised members of the public not to feed wild animals, as this alters their behaviour and may cause them to be reliant on humans for food.

According to the AVA website, members of the public should also keep a safe distance from wild boars and not provoke the animals with flash photography.

wild boar advisory

Source: CNA/dl

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