Evaluating hunting and capture methods for urban wild boar population management

Although reducing human waste availability efficiently reduces wild boar presence in cities, more active management using capture methods is often required to control wild boar populations in the urban environment. This study, recently issued in the Science of the Total Environment, has evaluated the performance of different methods for reducing wild boar of different sex and age categories in the metropolitan area of Barcelona. In particular, we have compared the efficiency of drop nets, teleanaesthesia, cage traps, night stalks, and drive hunting using generalized linear models. Drive hunting and drop net removed mainly adult females and yearlings (1–2 years), with drive hunting having the highest performance for adult males. Instead, cage traps and drop nets were the best methods to capture juveniles (<1 year). Overall, global performance was higher in summer, decreasingly followed by autumn and spring, winter being the worst performing season. Wildlife managers should consider our results to achieve the best in wild boar population management.

More about our work here https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969724036106