In November 2022, a dozen wild boars took the Transbigoudène (which connects Bigoudent country to Quimper) at Pont l'Abbé, without worrying about the two vehicles arriving at their level.
Result of the collision: 5 animals killed and two vehicles out of order.
Christine and Philippe, two Quimpérois who returned in the evening from Bénodet, had the fear of their lives on December 17.
“It was dark and, at a roundabout in Pleuven, while we were fortunately driving quite slowly, a whole family of wild boars appeared out of nowhere and crossed the road.
We hit one of the parents, given the size.
There was a big crash but our airbags didn't go off and we weren't hurt.
As they got out of the vehicle, quite shaken, they noticed that the bumper was screwed up.
Damage estimated at around 1,500 euros.
“Bad news a few days before Christmas.
And we haven't found the boar.
We don't even know if he was hurt.
A few days later, it was Christine's sister who was the victim of the same misadventure.
"We now have a certain apprehension when we take the road at the level of the accident", admits Christine.
Animals that become more and more familiar
Robert and Lisette live in Fouesnant and have a magnificent orchard.
This is also the opinion of the wild boars who, at night, frolic among the trees, plowing everything in their path.
For almost fifteen years, wild boars have been making nocturnal visits to their garden and orchard, causing great damage, plowed earth and holes.
“In September 219, they ravaged part of our land.
We had already had some small damage before, but never to this extent.
It happened again then, ”said Lisette.
A little distraught, not knowing where to turn to stop these nuisances, she contacted the municipalities of the Fouesnantais country.
“It was in vain.
I then wanted to file a complaint against X but it was a real legal imbroglio that would have cost us dearly.
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The damage caused by wild boars in crops is very expensive for the Departmental Federation of Hunters, which compensates all people declared to the MSA (agricultural social security).
For information, in 2019, the National Federation of Hunters spent more than 60 million euros.
Jean Coppenet is one of four people in Finistère to be mandated to assess the areas of destroyed crops, cereals, orchards, market gardeners, nurseries.
“I establish an expertise and it is the Federation which decides on the compensation.
Individuals are not compensated and, to my knowledge, there is no French insurance that covers damage caused by big game.
» During the sowing period in the spring and at the end of winter, the crops are more damaged by the herds.
“Between 12 and 14 young per year”
There are more and more wild boars - news that would surely have delighted the biggest wild boar lover, Obelix -, a phenomenon explained by Jean Coppenet.
“There are fewer and fewer hunters, so fewer wild boar hunts.
In addition, there are many preserves.
The fact that there are also fewer cultivated fields influences the attitude of the boars.
They fetch food where it is, even going to the garbage cans.
They seek shelter and food.
You know a boar eats everything.
Global warming also has an impact on the multiplication of wild boars.
Indeed, the autumns are warm and the winters are much less harsh, which means that the animals find a lot of food “.
For this expert,
it would be necessary to organize more beats to stop this multiplication but the pressure of the defenders of the animals has a primordial role in the decision to organize these famous beats.
“For information, a sow can have between 12 and 14 young in one year, at the rate of 2 litters per year”.
Those who have gardens are therefore not immune to discovering undesirable visitors one day.
The wild boars have even managed to invite themselves to Rome, at the gates of the Vatican.
A situation that could inspire a next album of the adventures of Asterix...