A family of 12 boars took in the sights and sounds of Rome, Italy, in a wild video.
Meanwhile, Italians in the northern Rome suburb of Via Trionfale went about their business, but the English-language magazine caught the family in a casual stroll.
Look at all that money Italians are letting walk down the street! They could sell all that wild boar meat. Cha-ching.
Italians See Boar As A Problem
The boar, or cinghiali in Italian, illustrate the animal’s invasion into city life.
The magazine said the animals were walking down a bike lane, and social media commenters joked about the need for a wild boar lane.
You can guess the formula next. People feed wild boars, the boars come to cities and cause traffic accidents.
Things are so bad now, the animal has become an issue for the upcoming election. The mayor of Rome has sought legal relief against outlying governments for their failure to keep the wild boar population under control and out of Rome proper. Mayor Virginia Raggi wants “effective management plans for these animals.”
The media coverage is tough for Raggi. The mayor said if a boar chase a lady in a small town north of Rome, the Italian newspapers say Raggi is responsible.
In addition to traffic accidents, the magazine said one farming group came up with some numbers regarding farming. Farming group Coldiretti estimates the animal population in Italy to have reached a record 2.3 million. Every year, the animal causes at least “€200 million ($234 million) worth of damage to crops.”
Wild Boar Is A Delicacy
Ship them here, Italy. You may have found a new export.
Do you know how much that wild boar meat will go for here in the U.S.? In some instances, it can be as much as 60 cents a pound. One seller was offering wild boar tenderloin for $19.16 a pound.
Currently, live sale prices are around $0.10-$0.20 per pound for feral hogs weighing up to 100 lbs. Next up, the animals between 100 and 150 pounds go for $0.30 a pound. Finally, hogs over 150 pounds can sell for $0.60 a pound.
Wild Boar Meat Is Good Eats
According to the Organic Butcher, wild boar is “a full flavored lean meat with a unique nutty taste much different than pork.”
At this particular wild boar meat dealer, the owner sells antibiotic and hormone-free meat. The animal lives on a natural diet of grass, roots, nuts, fruits, acorns, and grains.
However, the Centers for Disease Control said that there are more than 24 diseases that come with eating wild hogs. Most of them come from eating undercooked meat so a meat thermometer is essential in cooking.
Also, knowing if you have a wild boar before you cook it is important. Brucellosis can spread among these hogs, but the Mayo Clinic said cases are rare (Fewer than 20,000 U.S. cases per year) and treatable.