BEIJING (eTN) — The eastern Chinese resort city of Hangzhou has ordered a cull of wild pigs blamed for scaring tourists and invading residential areas, official media here reported.
Residents say they have noticed a marked increase in pig activity around the city’s protected West Lake tourism district in recent years, possibly as a result of hunting and habitat loss in other areas, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
Hunting teams have been recruited on the city’s outskirts and police authorized to gun down pigs, which are most active at night, the report said.
Wild pig sightings in the downtown are “getting more common and are no longer treated as news,” Xinhua said, citing a resident of the city just west of Shanghai.
Hangzhou, a former imperial capital famed for its scenery, has long been a top domestic tourism draw and is now attracting growing numbers of foreign visitors.