Kill the pig but 'be careful' with the puma|jon_downes|jon@cfz.org.uk|08/15/03 at 12:18:53|jon_downes|xx|0|217.44.226.9|From the Irish Independent:

THE ongoing hunt for the elusive Vietnamese pot-bellied pig that has
been attacking livestock for the past few months took a new turn
yesterday.

A private investigator has warned that he will shoot the animal, while
a local dog warden has said he believes it can be caught alive.

Private investigator Sean McGovern said that all the advantages rested
with the pot-bellied pig. "He decides where he goes, where he eats,
when he eats," he explained.

Mr McGovern has hunted wild boar in the past and said that, if he gets
the pig within his sights, he plans to shoot it.

However, Clare ISPCA dog warden, Frankie Coote, who has been trying to
capture the pig, dissociated himself from any move to shoot the animal
and said that a pet farm in Co Kerry had offered to take the pig.

Meanwhile a young black female puma is at large close to some of the
North's popular tourist resorts.

It is believed to searching for a safe place to make its lair.

There have been up to 17 sightings of the animal, in Portrush,
Portballintrae and Bushmills.

The public has been warned to exercise caution if the animal is
cornered.

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Wild pig cull must be legal, gardai tell gung-ho hunters


THE race is on to trap a nuisance wild pig dead or alive but gardai
have warned gung-ho hunters they will not tolerate illegal efforts to
track it down.

The animal has been terrorising people and livestock around the
village of Barefield, near Ennis, Co Clare for the past year.

Now a Limerick-based "private investigator" has offered to stalk and
shoot the pest.

But gardai say anyone planning to track down and shoot the animal must
do so within the law and with the right firearm permits.

A Garda spokesman said: "A person cannot just simply go on to lands
and shoot this animal.

"The law is very specific about where a firearm can and can't be
discharged, for example, a firearm cannot be discharged from a public
roadway or within 60 yards of such a roadway."

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals has called
for the pig not to be killed and has launched its own hunt to capture
it humanely.

"I have offers from at least two farms and one individual to take the
animal if it is captured," said Frankie Coote of the ISPCA.

However, the private investigator, Sean McGovern, said that because
the Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pig was not protected under the Wildlife
Act, he believed he had the right to hunt it."

Pat Flynn


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