Spanish Boars Want to be Tiger


Wild boars dig for food on a golf course in Mijas, Spain. From ABC de Sevilla

Tiger Woods that is.

Golf courses in the town of Mijas, Spain have been struggling with a full-on invasion of wild boar from the surrounding wilderness. The boars have been digging up parts of the course, presumably looking for mushrooms. The lack of food brought on by development of their habitat is cited as the cause for the boars’ increasing boldness and aggressiveness.

The boars’ destruction of the golf courses, which are an important part of the town’s tourism industry, has even resulted in political action. The Mayor of Mijas has written to a subdivision of the Spanish federal government asking for help dealing with the cantankerous cerdos (pigs).

Jabalies (boars) are prevalent in forests across much of southern Europe, and have become, over the centuries, a part of Spanish culture. Wild boar is the favorite dish of fictional Gaulish warriors Asterix and Obelix from the famous French comic The Adventures of Asterix and Obelix.


Obelix with his boars. From www.i-magier.com

There are folktales about them and a jabali even appears in Miguel de Cervantes’ famous novel Don Quixote.
Rampaging boars make for formidable foes and are often prized game for hunters in Spain and France. But they’re certainly not to be trifled with, as this video shows: