SINGAPORE: A wild boar that escaped after hurting several people in Yishun earlier this month was caught by National Parks Board (NParks) officers and subsequently culled.
Responding to CNA's queries on Monday (Mar 21), NParks said that it "successfully trapped" the animal on Sunday, after a week of tracking it.
"The wild boar was euthanised humanely for public safety. Yishun Park is reopened for visitors and NParks is working to remove all hoardings from the park."
On Mar 9, the wild boar ran into a pedestrian at the Khatib open-air plaza near Block 844 Yishun Street 81. One person was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
The incident shocked many people as wild boars are known to avoid populated areas and the plaza is usually crowded, said MP Carrie Tan (PAP-Nee Soon) following the encounter.
On the same day, Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, who is also a Nee Soon GRC MP, said that the wild boar escaped to Yishun Park and “hurt some residents” along the way. NParks officers temporarily closed the park off for public safety.
In an update on Monday, Associate Professor Faishal said in a Facebook post that the residents who had encountered the wild boar are "recovering well".
“I would like to thank the residents for your understanding during this period, as well as NParks, and the Town Council for their hard work," he added.