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Wild boar roaming central Kyoto injures woman

A wild boar is seen in a residential area of Kyoto's Sakyo Ward at about 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 26, 2022. (Mainichi/Reiko Nakajima)

KYOTO -- A wild boar appeared in a residential area here on the morning of Aug. 26 and injured a woman before being captured an hour later.

    The boar was spotted in a residential area near Keihan Jingu-marutamachi Station in Kyoto's Sakyo Ward around 9:30 a.m. According to Kyoto Prefectural Police, a woman in her 60s who was passing by sustained minor injuries when the animal pulled on her clothes and she fell over. The animal also broke a window in a nearby building.

    About an hour later, the boar was captured by officers from Nakagyo Police Station and city officials in a busy area near the Kyoto Municipal Subway's Karasuma Oike Station in Nakagyo Ward, about 1.5 kilometers away.

    According to the city and prefectural police, the boar was about 1 meter long and lunged at them when they caught it in a net.

    The city says this is the first time this year that a wild boar has been spotted in central Kyoto. In the event of an encounter, officials are urging people not to approach the animals and to contact the city or police.

    (Japanese original by Takumi Fujikawa, Kyoto Bureau)

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