Saturday, 31. January 2015
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Tourists at one of Spain's most popular tourist destinations are being chased off the beach by wild boars.
According to local officials, in recent years the number of wild boars in Cadaques, a town in the east Spanish province of Girona, has increased sevenfold, with local hunters unable any longer to keep the numbers down.
And with the recent warm weather, the wild boars are heading down to the beach where they lie in the sun and walk into the water to cool down.
Local council spokesman Maximino Garay Abrego said: "We have not yet had any incidents of anybody being attacked on the beach by a wild boar, but obviously when a family of wild boar turns up the tourists there don't hang around for very long. They can do a lot of damage to people usually run away pretty quick."
As well as taking over the beach some of the wild boar have even been turning up in the town itself. The council said that the wild boars were ruining the local tourism business in the town made famous by it's spectacular countryside and traditional fishing culture, which has made it a magnet for many VIPs including numerous famous artists.
As well as Salvador Dali who had a house there, the town has also been home to Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Marcel Duchamp, Richard Hamilton, Albert Rafols-Casamada, Antoni Pitxot, Henri-Francois Rey, Melina Mercouri, Ramon Pichot and Maurice Boitel.
In order to stop further damage to the tourism business and indeed to local agriculture, officials have extended the local hunting season in the hope that it might drive the animals away and reduce numbers. But with hunting less popular now than it used to be, it is not just wild boars but also rabbits and deer that have increased substantially.
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