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Hunters celebrate a record year in the fight against feral pigs, catching almost 240,000 of them

In the period from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Czech hunters managed to catch 239,818 feral pigs. In the previous year it was over 137 thousand pigs. One of the reasons for the increase in hunting is the introduction of contributions to reduce the number of wild boars, which the ministry introduced in 2018.

“The support we introduced at the end of last year has proved its worth. We are paying hunters two thousand crowns for each pig shot above the three-year average of pigs caught in a given hunt,” said Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Toman.

In 2019, 12.1 million crowns were paid for 6050 wild boar.

“By contributing, we wanted to motivate hunters to hunt and thus protect agricultural crops from the damage caused to them by feral pigs. Hunting wild boars is time-consuming, so we decided to provide a financial reward for hunters,” says Toman.

The ministry wants to continue to support the reduction of black game, which reduces damage to agricultural crops and land. Reducing the number of feral pigs is also a prevention against African swine fever.

Rewards are not the only way the ministry is trying to support the reduction of black game. “Since 2016, it has been made possible by a legislative change to hunt pigs all year round. It also contributes to the acquisition and installation of trapping equipment in the amount of 16 thousand crowns per catcher. the opportunity to offer game as a quality and natural raw material for sale, “explained Ministry of Agriculture spokesman Vojtěch Bílý.

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