Residents of several neighborhoods in Rome have declared a curfew.
Why? To protect themselves from the series of boar attacks they have suffered lately.
CBS News reports that approximately 5,000 to 6,000 wild boars are currently occupying Rome and taking up residence in city parks. However, they tend to forage for food in more populated areas, such as schoolyards or outdoor restaurants, resulting in many interactions with bipeds.
“The people of Rome are being held hostage by wild boars,” says David Granieri, head of the Lazio region’s agricultural association, which surrounds Rome.
The Guardian continues to report how, after several residents were attacked by these boars, seven Roman districts decreed an 8:30 p.m. (ET) curfew as a means of self-protection where authorities appear to have failed.
“On the [social media] during discussions between people in the neighborhood, and especially during group discussions between people who have dogs, it is advisable not to go out after 8:30 p.m., “said a resident, Gianluca Sabina, to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. “Because at night, if someone falls or is injured and nobody is there to help them, they can stay on the ground for who knows how long.”
Similar to states like California, UPI details how these wild creatures have become a constant pain for cities and can cause serious damage to it. This is due to the fact that they can weigh up to 220 pounds and tend to travel in packs of no more than 30 animals.
Rome officials confirmed that certain anti-boar measures would be put in place, such as fencing off areas of the natural park and regular garbage collection, in response to these attacks.