Nature overturn: Wild hogs terrorize Islamabad, Pakistan

February 25, 2012PAKISTAN – ISLAMABAD (AP) — With a police officer wounded and the presidential palace breached, the Pakistani capital has launched a fresh offensive against a uniquely feared enemy in the Muslim country – the city’s ever expanding population of wild boar. Each night, packs of the hairy beasts emerge from Islamabad’s river beds, parks and scrubland to rifle through the overflowing rubbish bins of its mostly wealthy residents and growing number of restaurants. City authorities are laying poison and have announced free hunting permits to cull the wild pigs’ numbers. But to make sure residents don’t get caught in the crossfire, they only allow shotguns. There have been few takers. Hunters are wary of getting arrested by the police, or even worse – getting mistaken for a terrorist. The animals can weigh up to 180 to 220 pounds (80 kilograms to 100 kilograms) and have razor sharp teeth. Adult males come armed with upward curving tusks. While they scurry off at the site of humans, they charge when cornered, alarmed or wounded and are a major cause of traffic accidents in the city. The latest chapter of man versus hog played out in a city center police station last week. “Someone shouted ‘watch your back’ but before I could look round the animal had hit me,” said Sajjad Hussain, who was on duty when the animal slipped in past the high, razor wire-topped blast walls after guards opened the gates to let in a car. Hussain had a gash in his stomach that required eight stitches and is on medical leave. The meat of wild boar is prized in many countries, but has no value in Pakistan because its consumption is forbidden under Islam. The country’s often persecuted and tiny Christian and Hindu populations don’t keep pigs or eat wild boar either. That has helped ensure the animals thrive. -Dawn
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6 Responses to Nature overturn: Wild hogs terrorize Islamabad, Pakistan

  1. Yes, what we think of as “order” is collapsing in all sorts of ways.

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  2. Joseph t. Repas says:

    Having one of them would be a lot better than having a pit bull…and no permit needed!!! How do I get one?

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  3. Nikkoale says:

    Poetic justice.

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  4. The first thought that sprang to mind was from Matthew 8:28-34

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  5. Thera says:

    JustMEinT Musings……How ironically interesting.

    Thank you for making that connection which leads me once again to say that I’m very glad I found this site.

    The Demons And The Pigs (Matthew 8:28-34)

    28: And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
    29: And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

    30: And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.

    31: So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.

    32: And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.

    33; And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils.

    34: And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

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  6. lifecovenant says:

    Wily, Elusive Foragers Invade Upstate New York

    PERU, N.Y. — They roam by night, picking cornstalks clean, making off with apple crops. They have almost no natural predators, but they have razor-sharp tusks and a seemingly bottomless appetite for plants and animals.

    By contrast, the feral pig population nationwide is a staggering five million, with the animals present in 35 states. Texas, Florida, Alabama and California are among the states with the highest concentrations of pigs, which benefit from warm climates and year-round availability of food.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/12/nyregion/feral-pigs-plaguing-upstate-new-york.html?_r=1

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