HONG KONG : The astrological year of the pig seems like good timing for Hong Kong to discuss its contested relationship with its wild boar population.
Some argue for an ongoing cull, and others urge preservation, a position the financial center’s leadership is embracing.
More people and urbanization have brought humans and wild pigs into increasing proximity, with the boars frequently seen on roads, in housing developments and even in shopping centers.
Hong Kong social media users are familiar with videos of wild boars, sometimes showing a herd rushing across a road in front of cars in a manner that looks dangerous to both themselves and drivers.
Other times, they come across as cute, cuddly and unthreatening, often raising a snout to the camera as if in greeting.