Wild boar sightings in Bukit Panjang continue, NParks says it has trapped 19 since May 2023
Wild boar sightings in Bukit Panjang have continued in recent weeks, with the National Parks Board (NParks) saying that it has trapped 19 boars since May 2023.
In a statement on Monday, July 3, 2023, NParks said that it is aware of the public’s concerns about the wild boars, and that it is working to manage the population in the area.
“We have been actively trapping the wild boars and have removed 19 of them since May,” said NParks. “We will continue to monitor the situation and take necessary action to ensure public safety.”
The statement comes after two people were attacked by wild boars in Bukit Panjang in recent months. In May, a 40-year-old man was attacked while walking his dog in Zhenghua Park. He suffered multiple cuts and bruises, but was not seriously injured. In June, a 34-year-old woman was attacked while walking in the vicinity of Bukit Panjang Road. She was also not seriously injured.
NParks said that it is working with stakeholders to educate the public about how to interact safely with wild boars. The agency has also installed exclusion fencing in some areas of Bukit Panjang to deter wild boars from entering residential areas.
In addition to the fencing, NParks has also installed cattle grids at three access points to Zhenghua Nature Park. The cattle grids are designed to prevent wild boars from entering the park, while still allowing people and other animals to pass through safely.
“We urge members of the public to stay calm and avoid approaching wild boars,” said NParks. “If you see a wild boar, do not run away. Instead, make yourself look as big as possible and make loud noises to scare it away.”
Wild boars are native to Singapore and are not considered to be a threat to public safety. However, they can be unpredictable and can attack if they feel threatened. It is important to be aware of wild boars in Bukit Panjang and to take precautions to avoid encounters.
What to do if you encounter a wild boar in Bukit Panjang
Stay calm and do not approach the wild boar. Wild boars are more likely to attack if they feel threatened.
Keep a safe distance and do not corner or provoke the animal.
Report the incident to the National Parks Board (NParks) on 1800-471-7777 or the Animal Response Centre at 1800-476-1600.
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