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MP raises concerns over safety of children, elderly after wild boars spotted in Zhenghua estate

SINGAPORE — Residents are concerned about the safety of children and the elderly after wild boars were spotted in the vicinity of Zhenghua Nature Park in Bukit Panjang. 

The wild boars are believed to have entered Zhenghua Nature Park via a perimeter gate.

The wild boars are believed to have entered Zhenghua Nature Park via a perimeter gate.

SINGAPORE — Residents are concerned about the safety of children and the elderly after wild boars were spotted in the vicinity of Zhenghua Nature Park in Bukit Panjang. 

Mr Edward Chia, Member of Parliament for Holland-Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituency, said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (March 15) that residents in his ward had sent him videos and pictures of wild boar sightings.

The residents are "understandably worried about safety, especially for our children and seniors. I’m equally concerned", he wrote. 

He added that officers from the National Parks Board (NParks) had ascertained through closed-circuit television footage that the boars likely entered the estate via a perimeter gate that parkgoers use to enter the park.

“As the gate was damaged and left opened, the boars entered,” said Mr Chia.

He added that he had met NParks officers who have been on nightly stakeouts for the past three weeks and they told him that there is likely to be one male boar left in the area.

On the damaged gate, Mr Chia said that discussions on new designs for the gates are ongoing, with NParks expediting the installation of the new gates.

Mr Chia also appealed to residents of the estate to ensure the gates are closed and to refrain from feeding boars or pigeons.

“We have also detected feeding in our estates specifically at Block 465 and 466 which probably attracted the boars. I urge residents to stop feeding as it can attract not just boars but pigeons too. I’ve asked agencies to step up advisories and enforcements,” he wrote.

While wild boars have been sighted around forested areas of Singapore, it is less common to find these animals venturing into residential estates, although in recent years there have been some reported incidents.  

Last February, there were two separate incidents of wild boar attacks at Punggol Walk, leaving residents surprised that a wild boar had managed to venture so far into the housing estate.

Just last week, a wild boar ran into a woman at Block 844 Yishun Street 81, causing her to fall. She was taken to the hospital by paramedics.

The wild boar then ran into a store windowpane before being last seen entering the forest in Yishun Park.

When contacted, Nee Soon GRC MP Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim said that there have been no updates on the wild boar yet and referred TODAY to his Facebook post on March 10, reminding residents to stay a safe distance away if they spot the animal.

Members of the public who encounter a wild boar are advised by NParks to remain calm, keep a safe distance and not provoke the animal.

They may call the Animal Response Centre at 1800-476-1600 to report any wild boar encounters.

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