Wild boar destroyed after injuring two people in Japan

Wild boar destroyed after injuring two people in Japan

HADANO, Kanagawa - A large wild boar was exterminated after injuring two people in this eastern Japan city near Tokyo on November 24.

The Hadano Municipal GovernmentHadano Municipal Government received a report by a passerby about 9 a.m. that there was a wild boar near Heiwa Bridge in the city's Tokawa district. The boar appeared at a commercial facility in the city, and was exterminated by a city government employee using a spear at an elementary school about 5 kilometers southeast of the bridge about two hours later.

According to the Hadano Police Station of Kanagawa, a woman in her 80 tripped over as she tried to avoid the charging boar on the grounds of the Aeon shopping mall's Hadano outlet about 4.5 km southeast of the bridge at around 10 a.m. She sustained a minor injury to her head. Soon after that a man in his 30 s was rammed by the animal on a street and suffered a minor injury to his leg.

The wild boar later ran onto the premises of Suehiro Elementary School, and a municipal government employee who was looking for the animal killed it with a spear at around 11 a.m. The boar was male and measured 162 centimeters in length and weighed 88.6 kilograms.

The city government intends to process the meat of the boar for food. An official said this is mating season for wild boars, so we'd like people to make a report to the city or police without approaching the animals if they come across one.