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Police Kill Wild Boar in Romania

September 4, 2002

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CONSTANTA, Romania (AP) _ Police killed a wild boar that charged through a residential neighborhood in this Black Sea port city and gored a 7-year-old boy, police said Wednesday.

It was one of five wild boars that spooked tourists and residents along Romania’s Black Sea coast in recent days. The animals have begun straying into residential areas in search of food since their habitat was overrun by construction, officials said.

``People were sitting out in the streets on Tuesday evening when the boar appeared,″ said Marian Voicu, a police officer in the town 150 miles east of Bucharest. ``It began to chase people and tore the boy’s upper lip with its tusks. It got scared and charged from house-to-house.″

Police shot and killed the 175-pound male boar two hours later. The boy was treated at a hospital and released.

On Wednesday, tourists and waiters at a restaurant next to the beach spotted two wild boars in the Black Sea. One was swimming near a sea- front casino in Constanta, authorities said.

On Monday, a wild boar wandered into the lobby of a hotel at the resort of Mamaia, alarming guests. Scared by the commotion, the boar crashed through a window and escaped, leaving a trail of blood from glass cuts.

Another boar was shot Monday after it attacked scientists at the Maritime Research Institute, 150 miles east of Bucharest.

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