News The Forest and Water Department explain the growing number of wild boars in the Souss forests due to ecological imbalances

The Regional Direction of Forests and  Water of Souss Massa explained that the increasing number of wild boar in certain number of black spots is due to the ecological imbalances generally associated with climate change and has negative consequences in the Region of Souss.

This comes in the context of a number of complaints made by the population after the increase in the number of these animals in a number of areas of the region, which has damaged crops due to the growing boar and which recorded a series of incidents in a number of agricultural areas that are generally close to forests or douars located in forested areas.

Source AlMassae press / Mahfoud Ait Saleh
Release date 25/01/2017
Geographical coverage Morocco
Keywords Wild boar, Ecological imbalance, Hunting

According to sources familiar with the subject, wild boar generally inflict damage on plantations such as barley, as well as fruit trees, especially at this time of year when some of the barley fields are in Early stages of germination, causing their destruction by attacks by wild boar and causing serious damage to farmers.

In connection with the topic, the Office of the High Commissioner for Water and Forests and the Fight against Desertification has indicated that since 2012 it has launched a national strategy to cope with the increase in the number of wild boar herds Aimed at controlling the number of colonies of this animal in the different zones of its territory in the region.

Following this, digital data obtained by "Al Masaa" indicate that the number of wild boars that have been beaten since the launch of this program in 2012 has hardly exceeded 6480 wild boars, ie Average 1292 wild boars per year. While other data indicate that the growing proportion of wild boar population far exceeds these figures and therefore exert pressure on private ownership of peasants in some remote villages.

As for the current hunting season, 2016-2017, 60 slaughters were organized around January, among the 165 slaughters programmed by the concerned departments in 123 black spots where 400 boars were beaten.

The Regional Directorate for Forests and Forests has indicated that the Region of Souss is among the regions most affected by the problem of ecological imbalance and which, according to the same source, requires a strategy based on a proactive system to intervene and Contribute to the reduction of the growing number of wild boars in partnership between the High Commission and the Hunting Federation, as well as the National Agency for the Development of the Zones of Oases and Argan.

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