Collserola Natural Park
The Collserola mountains rise like a tower around the metropolitan area of Barcelona. It is a magnificent massif that is nearby, familiar, valuable and treasured by the large population of people living around it. It consists of more than 8000 hectares of conserved natural park - predominately forest with a variety of vegetation that provide valuable biodiversity.
Collserola is also a place for discovery and learning, for meeting and leisure. This means that managing the Park - which is handled by the Collserola Park Consortium - aims to promote the respectful and sustainable use of this area and conserve its natural values.
The Park has been run under a Special Protection Plan since 1987. And since 2010 its environmental importance has been reaffirmed and strengthened with it being declared a Natural Park.
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ADVICE CONCERNING WILD BOARS
In relation to the increased population of wild boars, due to the easy access to food in the urban area, the following advice should be taken into account:
- Do not approach the animals. They may react aggressively.
- Don't touch them. They could bite you or charge at you.
- Make noise and gesticulate to try and make them go away.
- Stay alert on the highway since they might cross it.
- Don’t feed them.
- Rubbish bags should always be properly sealed and disposed of in containers.
- We must ensure that our pets’ food is not within the reach of wild boar.
- We should keep an eye on our bags in picnic areas and, if we see boars, we should put our food away.
- We need to take measures so that they can’t enter gardens.
Why should we respect boars?
- Because they’re wild animals and their natural habitat is woodland.
- Because they cause conflicts in urban areas: damage to green areas and risks of collisions with vehicles.
- Because they can spread diseases to people and pets.
- Because they're wild animals that might have unexpected and dangerous reactions to people.
Boars are wild animals and their natural habitat is woodland, where there’s enough food; however, they’re attracted to the urban area because there they can easily get hold of food. Likewise, the urban environment does not provide conditions favourable to their well-being, since they're unable to express their natural behaviour, they can’t follow a diet suitable for their health, and they’re exposed to hazardous situations.
Moreover, if we domesticate them, they’ll become vulnerable and we’ll make them unable to return to their life in the wild. As a result, they’ll unfortunately have to be caught.
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