Wild boar cull could cost hunters HUF 4.5 bln

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A compulsory cull to contain the spread of African swine fever (AFS) that will close to halve Hungary's stock of wild boar could cost hunters HUF 4.5 billion in lost revenue in the mid-term, the National Hunters Association (OMVV) said on Thursday, responding to a query by state news wire MTI.

Under a coordinated effort by the European Union to manage ASF, member states are required to draft plans to cull wild boar stocks with the aim of reducing population density to 0.5 animals per square kilometer. The wild boar population density ratio stands at 0.9 in Hungary at present, OMVV said.

The number of wild boar in Hungary was estimated to exceed 168,000 during the 2019-2020 hunting season.

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