Hunter erred in killing wild boars

In Limburg, eight wild boars were discovered swimming in the Zuid-Willemsvaart canal in Weert on Sunday. After a rescue operation from the fire department, the boars were shot dead by a hunter. Animal rights organizations and angry citizens are confused and angry at the situation, which seems to them not to make sense on several points. 

Wild boars in The Netherlands have free range in two nature reserves. The Veluwe in the center of the country, and the Meinweggebied in Central Limburg. Because the boars were found outside these areas, the provincial guidelines justified their being shot by a hunter.

The Party for Animals argues that "killing animals in need is undesirable", and has asked for Parliamentary questions. A spokesperson for the Natural Hertigage organization pleads for an amendment to the current wildlife policy. "There is much more space for big game in nature areas than the provinces say. The discussion about this hasn't been returned to in several provinces for nothing", the spokesperson says.

Another issue is that the hunter has made a mistake killing the boar on Sunday, as hunting on that day is not allowed. The province of Limburg tells RTL Nieuws that it shouldn't have happened. Any other day would have been fine, according to the spokesperson.

On Twitter, many people are expressing outrage over the way this issue has been handled, namely that the fire department first 'rescues' the boars from the canal, only to have them shot.