MP holds dialogue on wild boars (The Sunday Times, Sunday 24 June 2012)

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MP holds dialogue on wild boars

Inderjit Singh hears Lower Peirce Reservoir residents’ concerns about animals in their neighbourhood

About 40 people living near the Lower Peirce Reservoir met their Member of Parliament lnderjit Singh yesterday to discuss how to curb the wild boar population in their neighbourhood.

And a majority at the closed-door session – about 95 per cent – voted in favour of culling the animals. Mr 5ingh, an MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC, said he arranged the dialogue after hearing from many residents who had spotted the boars in their neighbourhood.

His constituents have also become more concerned after one of the animals attacked two people in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park last Friday.

A five-year-old boy was flung into the air when the boar charged at him, and a Cisco officer was also struck down by the same animal.

The incident came about a week after the National Parks Board (NParks) announced that there was a need to manage the wild boar population here because of the rising numbers.

Mr Singh said numerous residents have told him of wild boar sightings in the past few months. The creatures used to restrict themselves to the forested areas near the reservoir.

“It could be that they have run out of food in their natural environment, and came out to forage.”

He said the NParks estimates that there are 100 wild boars in the area, a third of them roaming residential areas. The MP added that he had asked the authorities to find a humane way to control the animals’ population.

“We just want to keep the numbers at a manageable level so that they won’t create trouble for my residents,” he added.

A man, who wanted to be known only as Mr Teng and has been living near the Lower Peirce Reservoir for three years, said he has seen the wild boars fewer than 10 times.

“They’re harmless. They’re just out here looking for food. I think the incident at the park was just unusual. Most of the time they are the ones hit by speeding vehicles,” he said.

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