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Piglets shot to the great fairway in the sky

Rebecca Martin · 28 Sep 2011, 11:45

Published: 28 Sep 2011 11:45 GMT+02:00

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”We hope that we are rid of them now, that the others were scared off for good,” said Malte Ottosson, chairman of the Dömle Golf Club, to The Local.

The wild boar family, a sow and eight piglets, has been terrorising the fairways for about a week, Ottosson said. In local media it has been speculated on whether they have been placed in the area by hunters, hoping to increase the brood.

All Ottosson knows for sure is that they appeared suddenly and started to cause havoc on the greens.

”They just came out of nowhere and started ruining our fairways,” he said.

And the boars have so far returned every night for a week to forage for food on the club grounds, leaving holes and ditches were before there was only pristine green lawns.

Club members have been called on to muck in and try to patch up the mess as best they've been able.

But last night the foraging fun had run its course for two of the eight piglets when they were shot dead by a hunter on the approach to the fifth hole.

The whole thing ”took fifteen minutes” according to Ottoson, and it is hoped it will be enough to avoid any more from having to be shot.

”We couldn't shoot the sow, then we would have had anarchy on our hands,” said Ottosson.

But according to comments made by Ottosson to the local Nya Wermlandstidningen, the boar problem in the area is a ticking bomb.

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”We're going to have a huge problem on our hands, not just on the courses but in people's gardens,” he said.

In order to preempt the problem the club is now busy erecting electrical fences around the area that has been worst affected by the hungry boars.

”We are pretty sure we'll be able to get rid of them this way. It will cost us about 25,000 kronor ($3,700) but it is worth it. If not, we'll have to call the hunter out again,” Ottosson told The Local.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:28 September 28, 2011 by Åskar
I hope they will become a good dinner.
12:30 September 28, 2011 by karex
They should have fenced it off before sacrificing the piglets. Relocation would have been another option.
12:56 September 28, 2011 by Twiceshy
Relocation to a BLT sandwich would have been fine. Ummmm bacon!
14:11 September 28, 2011 by skogsbo
do you ever get the feeling that the editors of the local are part of the US anti hunting lobby.

Relocation, to where? they will just rut over someone else farmland, garden, sports field. They aren't endangered you know, there are literally ten of thousands of them.

Boar travel, so they will migrate to food sources, like silly people who feed them, drawing them into urban areas. The piglets are unlikely to be very piglet like by now and are probably bigger, heavier and stronger than the average dog.

The club should serve them up as a thank you to those who volunteered to push all the turf back that they rutted over.

How exactly would a hunter catch a sow and 8 not so little piglets if they even had a reason to plant them there. A sow with young is a nasty piece of work.
15:43 September 28, 2011 by Dukratus
If it isn't skogsbo again, the defender of animals and wildlife in general.....

We as a species are far from being endangered and only a few of us are far more landscape and environmental hazardous than thousands of piglets put together, shall we start shooting people too ? I am sure there would have been another solution to this but it would be a lot more expensive which means it was out of the question, so lets shoot stuff instead, it's cheaper and it's quicker !
15:47 September 28, 2011 by Svensksmith
Now, that would be a fun sport, combining golfing and hunting. I just might take it up.
17:13 September 28, 2011 by skogsbo
As much as I hate golf (waste of a nice walk out), I can't condone the killing of golfers.

They are pursuing the more expensive option of just fencing it all off, but that just pushes the problem else where. Do you eat pork, it's ok to rear a pig in a little pen in Denmark, so small it can't move properly, spending it's whole life contually breeding, just so Sweden can get cheap meat? But, you can't shoot a pig that is actually being a pest and has not suffered during it's relatively short life. More double standards from the US readership.
19:00 September 28, 2011 by GLO
The Club should sell memberships to night pig hunts on golf cart. I will join, , have cute beer girls to serve out drinks. This could be good, where can I get an appp.Happy Hunting, what could they serve for dinner???
19:02 September 28, 2011 by Kstock
Dear Readers of TheLocal,

I am a wild boar, though some would say that this is a contradiction in terms. I would like to put forward our side of the story. My wife and I were out with the kids taking a walk through the un-forested area mucking about as we do looking for some roots and stuff, I can't say we found any, just some strange perfectly round eggs that would not crack. When suddenly one of the two-leggers shot sent pain, smoke and noise at us. Before I could grunt to my little ones to take cover they joined the other pigs that fly.

I will seek vengeance and like MacArthur said, "I shall return!" and when I do I will not only take out the fairway and putting green, but also make it a point to procreate with any moving object I see, because after all I'm only a pig.

Long live the wild boar!
03:08 September 29, 2011 by Value
They shot the piglets!!! What idiotic (human) morons...
08:06 September 29, 2011 by Åskar

So, what do you think they should have done? Strangle the pigs?
10:17 September 29, 2011 by Kstock

I think an alternative would be to corral them into a small enclosure to make a petting zoo for kids. While the parents are off golfing the kids could be feeding the wild boars mushroom flavored pop-corn. Sometimes the answer is just starring you right in the face. Make golfing a family affair. After time they could add bobcats and a moose. I say kill two birds with one golf ball, who's with me on this one?
11:38 September 29, 2011 by Rossminster

"I am sure there would have been another solution to this but it would be a lot more expensive which means it was out of the question, so lets shoot stuff instead, it's cheaper and it's quicker !"

Exactly. I couldn't have put it better myself.
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