"It's badly damaged." A pensioner who was gardening on her property in Veigné (Indre-et-Loire) was seriously injured by a wild boar on Saturday, the mayor of this village in Touraine said on Tuesday.
"I had his family. She is still hospitalized in Tours with multiple fractures," explained Patrick Michaud, confirming a report by La Nouvelle République. The victim is said to be "plastered from the pelvis to the neck", according to a relative to the local newspaper. "It's badly damaged. I have to see her tomorrow. She must have been scared. She was doing her garden and was surprised by an animal that was looking for an escape," the elected official added.
"The animal probably heard a hunting action"
According to the mayor, the accident occurred while a hunting party was taking place on the territory of the municipality. "The animal probably heard a hunting action. The wild boar collided with a dog, a Rottweiler, in a first garden. He then hit the woman in a second garden on a property on the edge of the woods," he said.
According to him, the local hunting association, organizer of this hunt, "used its insurance" for the veterinary costs of the family dog in the first garden and is due to contact the victim soon. "There are a lot of natural spaces in the town, wooded areas. It's a haven for wild boars," he said.
In the small town on the outskirts of Touraine, wild boars "find pockets of nature", "develop there and we can't hunt them", explains Stéphane Loyau, head of the departmental department of the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB).
"The wild boar population in France has increased exponentially for 30 years, despite harvesting. Peri-urban areas are rarely hunted. Wild boars find small woods in these environments, for example, to take refuge. (...) Mainly because of the security of the shots, these are areas that are not hunted very much," he said.
According to him, the presence of the wild boar in the victim's garden may have been caused "by a hunting action", "but also by a walker, a dog, or any other presence in this area", which may also have frightened the animal.