It's a familiar scene on the evening news: A wild boar ventures out of the woods looking for food and wreaks havoc on a countryside town, spurring local authorities to arm themselves with nets to catch the rogue animal.

Boar populations in the country have grown rapidly over the past several decades, partly due to a decline in the number of hunters, increasing the frequency of such encounters between man and beast.

According to the Environment Ministry, the estimated number of wild boars roughly tripled from the early 1990s to some 900,000 in the year to March 2017, and 76 people were injured in boar attacks in the year through March 2018, up from 64 a year earlier.