As ASF spreads into the Czech Republic and neighboring countries, trophies like this boar may be harder to come by.
By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large
African swine fever (ASF) was confirmed in wild boar in the Czech Republic on June 26, 2017, after more than 50 wild boar were found dead in the forest. To date, the outbreak appears to be limited to a 25-square-kilometer area of the Zlin region in the eastern part of the country. A scientist familiar with the outbreak says the initial response has been to eliminate hunting in a five-kilometer radius of the location where the dead boar were found in order to prevent the possible spread of infected animals. That was followed by recommendations for intense culling over a very large area (about one-third of the country) in order to reduce contact rates among wild boar and opportunities for the disease to spread. ASF is fatal to domestic swine and wild boar and is thought to have been introduced through contaminated meat products from Eastern Europe or Russia. ASF is spread between pigs through nose-to-nose contact or through biting midges.
The Czech Republic is a popular hunting destination with European hunters, since the wild boar season runs all year. As with most European countries, hunting rights are leased to associations, and tourist hunting is limited to those associations willing to accept nonresidents. Driven boar shoots are common, particularly in fall and winter....