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Wild boar moderately injures woman hiking in northern Israel with her family

Paramedics carry Yael Pries, 48, on a stretcher for over a kilometer to evacuate her from site where hog gored her thigh

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Wild boars gather in a residential area in the northern city of Haifa on December 5, 2019 ( MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP)
Wild boars gather in a residential area in the northern city of Haifa on December 5, 2019 ( MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP)

A woman was moderately injured in a wild boar attack Saturday as she was hiking with her family in the Ofer Forest near the northern city of Haifa, Hebrew-language media reported.

She was taken in a stable condition to Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera.

Yael Pries told Channel 12 news that she, her husband, and their two daughters were not off the beaten track but on a well-known hiking route when the attack happened.

“Luckily the boar hit me in the side and not from the front,” she told the station from her hospital bed. “It seems that one of its horns grazed my thigh. The boar was alone and it seems that I disturbed it along its way. It was big and not afraid of me.”

“It was very frightening,” said Pries, who lives in the central region of the country. “We are a family that likes to hike and of all places [for it to occur] it happened on that short hike.”

She said that if authorities are aware that there is a danger of wild boars in the area then they should warn the public.

Magen David Adom paramedics who were called to the scene were unable to reach Pries in their ambulance and instead carried medical equipment for about a kilometer into the forest to reach her. After administering initial treatment the paramedics, along with members of an Israel Police rescue team, carried Pries on a stretcher back to the waiting ambulance.

MDA medics said Pries was fully conscious when they reached her, but in pain, and had injuries to her face and limbs.

Boars, a species of wild pig found across Europe, Asia and North Africa, can grow up to two meters (more than six feet) in length, although most are smaller.

Wild boars gather in a residential area in the northern city of Haifa on December 5, 2019 (MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP)

In recent years the population has multiplied and grown more bold, entering towns and communities in the Carmel region, including the city of Haifa. The coronavirus lockdown, which has seen public life and movement reduced in an effort to curb the virus spread, along with a ban last year against culling boars in the city, has led to a increased invasion of the animals.

Earlier this year a boar ate the contents a Haifa school student’s bag, including his homework. There were no injuries in the incident, footage of which was shared on social media.

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