Ministry of Environment ready to manage wild boar population2014-02-03
On 29 January, the Government approved a plan on the management of the wild boar population drawn up by the Ministry of Environment. Immediate amendments were drawn up to ensure the enforcement of recommendations of the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) for the hunting of up to 90 per cent of the country’s wild boar population.
‘We are a country of the rule of law and we should make sure we do everything according to the rules. We need to amend a lot of regulations and laws, but actually we are already set up for that. The Ministry of Environment is ready to manage the wild boar population,’ said Minister of Environment Valentinas Mazuronis.
Hunters have already received information that, under the wild boar population management plan, the hunting of wild boars in districts within the African swine fever (ASF) risk zone will target all these animals. In other districts, the target rate is up to 90 per cent of this population.
However, not the whole of Lithuania lies within the hunting areas. Part of the territories is under the ban of hunting or the hunting there is based on different principles (commercial hunting areas, hunting areas for educational purposes, some protected areas). The Minister of Environment has obligated the Directorate General of State Forests and the State Service for Protected Areas to ensure that the wild boar hunting limits set out in the population management plan are implemented in other than the hunting areas as well.
The Ministry of Environment has also instructed the Regional Environmental Protection Departments to tighten controls on hunting. The aim of these controls will be two-fold: checks on hunters and fight against poaching. The SFVS has ordered hunters to rigorously comply with the veterinary requirements, deliver samples from each hunted wild boar for testing, deal with carcass waste in a responsible manner, use suitable means of disinfection, etc. Environmental inspectors will impose strict checks on the hunters’ compliance with these requirements and other hunting rules.
Reinforcing the fight against poachers is necessary also because they ignore all requirements and, making use of the chaos caused by the hunting of wild boars, may step up their illegal activity.
After the Government has confirmed its intention to apply financial incentives for hunted wild boars, some hunters refuse to go hunting until the payment procedure is clear. According to the Government resolution, the SFVS is to be the administrator of the financial incentives. ‘We hope that the procedure of financial incentives will be prepared shortly. It will enable us to organise the hunting of wild boars more effectively and also prevent the spread of the infection,’ claimed Mr. Mazuronis.
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