ITALY: Italian hunter dies after being charged by wild boar he shot


A 74-year-old Italian hunter died in hospital after being attacked by a wild boar during a hunting trip in the Piemonte region of northern Italy on Sunday.

The incident occurred in the area between Castelletto and Silvano d’Orba after the man fired at the animal which responded by charging the elderly hunter, reports newspaper Corriere della Sera.

The boar’s tusks severed the man’s femoral artery, causing a haemorrhage. He was flown by helicopter to hospital in Alessandria where he died of his injuries a few hours later.

The man is reportedly the first victim of the 2021 hunting season, which over the five-month period last autumn/winter, resulted in the deaths of 14 people in accidents, according to Italian media.

Wild boar or cinghiali – which regularly make the news in Italy – can be extremely dangerous particularly in the presence of their young.


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