“Since 2017 the situation has got much worse and we’ve had no response from the council to our requests for intervention,” said Mr Cioffi.
As the boar proliferate, Rome may have inadvertently come up with a partial solution to the problem – wolves are on the increase too and are increasingly encroaching on the periphery of the city.
Two years ago, it was revealed that a pack of wolves is living just outside Rome, in a nature reserve outside the motorway that encircles the city.
It is now reported that wolves are present in other areas close to the city. The problem is, they appear to have more of a taste for sheep and goats more than they do for wild boar.
“The she-wolf is the symbol of Rome, but for a little while now farmers around Rome have not been sleeping well at night,” said Vincenzino Rota, from the farmers’ association Confagricoltura.