Count shows almost 21 000 wild boars in Lithuania2016-03-14
According to the latest count data, at present Lithuania has almost 212 000 (20 839) wild boars. The count was taken on 15 to 29 February throughout the territory of the country as part of the implementation of a decision on the risk of the spread of African swine fever passed by the Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service (SVFS) as head of state level emergency operations.
The purpose of the count was to determine the number of wild boars living in Lithuania at present and how many animals should be subject to further hunting so that as of 15 April 2017 the density of the wild boar population in the hunting areas is kept at 0.5 wild boar per square kilometre or 25,000 wild boars throughout the country.
The recent count has shown that the wild boar density in many municipalities is less than 0.5 animals already today, and only in nine municipalities this indicator slightly exceeds the target (by 0.535-0.677 wild boar).
“The figures do not mean,” says Minister of Environment, Kęstutis Trečiokas, “that everything has been done already and we can wait quietly and do noting. The mild winter and other favourable natural conditions are likely to lead to abundant progeny of wild boars, and their number will begin rising again. For this reason hunters should further engage in the active hunting of wild boars to keep their population to the expected target and thus prevent the spread of African swine fever.”
The wild boar count in the hunting areas was carried out by the users of those areas, while in the territories not designated as hunting areas and located in state reserves the procedure was performed by the State Service for Protected Areas under the Ministry of Environment. The methods of observation of these animals in the forest-guard sectors and quarters and other visual means were applied.
Participating in the wild boar count and coordinating its data were the Regional Environmental Protection Departments of the Ministry of Environment that had issued permits for the use of game resources to users of the hunting areas, as well as the forests districts as subunits of forest enterprises in the territory of whose activities the users of hunting areas hold permits for hunting game resources, and the SFVS territorial subunits.