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Sunbather BITTEN by wild boar on a crowded beach on the Costa Blanca as raging animals erupt from the sea

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A female sunbather has been injured after being bitten by a wild boar that rushed out of the sea on a beach on the Costa Blanca.

Footage shows locals and tourists screaming and taking cover as the wild boar runs over their towels and along the beach.

Lifeguards managed to scare the animal away from the beach and crowded seaside bars and cafes before it caused further problems.

Emergency services were alerted just after 11 a.m. on El Albir beach, just north of Benidorm.

The animal had been spotted in the water by boat crews who tried to catch it, but were then forced to alert lifeguards as it set out to dry land.

While it is not known how the animal ended up in the sea, it is believed to have come from the nearby Serra Gelada Natural Park, which consists of more than 5,000 hectares of coastline stretching through the regions of Benidorm, Alfaz del Pi and Altea.

The boar ran out of the water while tourists were sunbathing and enjoying the weather.

Lifeguards raised the alarm when the wild animal ran around the beach in southern Spain, terrorizing sunbathers.

Footage shows locals and tourists screaming and taking cover as the wild boar runs over their towels and along the beach

Beachgoers tried to capture the boar but failed to contain it before it injured a woman who was bitten in the leg

Beachgoers tried to capture the boar but failed to contain it before it injured a woman who was bitten in the leg

It is believed to originate from the nearby Serra Gelada Natural Park, which consists of more than 5,000 hectares of protected coastline in the municipalities of Benidorm, Alfaz del Pi and Altea

It is believed to originate from the nearby Serra Gelada Natural Park, which consists of more than 5,000 hectares of protected coastline in the municipalities of Benidorm, Alfaz del Pi and Altea

The boar collided with the woman and bit her, although it is not known whether the bite was intentional, said medics who treated the injured woman at a local health center.

The nationality of the 67-year-old injured woman, the only person injured, is not yet known.

Doctors cleaned her leg wound as a precaution and told her to take antibiotics to prevent infection.

In a related announcement, the nearby city of Dénia will use archers to protect tourists from the problem of wild boars that roam the streets of the city at night.

Local councilors have confirmed they are in contact with expert archers to prevent the animals from eating farmers’ crops, causing traffic accidents, messing up golf courses and attacking people – in what they say is a rare scenario.

The animals leave their natural habitat in the countryside in search of food.

Officials in Denia placed cage traps at points in the city to try to reduce the growing number of wild boars.

The cages were equipped with cameras so that the heads of the town hall could keep track of the number of captive wild boars and prevent people from being accidentally trapped.

Local councilors said the cages hadn’t worked, however. Boars continued to eat agricultural crops, causing traffic accidents, messing up golf courses and, in the worst cases, attacking people.

The plan to use arrows as weapons was made because bullets are prohibited.

The animal had been spotted in the water by boat crews who tried to catch it and watched it go ashore

The animal had been spotted in the water by boat crews who tried to catch it and watched it go ashore

Wild boar numbers have exploded across Europe, with latest estimates now exceeding 10 million of the animals across the continent

Wild boar numbers have exploded across Europe, with latest estimates now exceeding 10 million of the animals across the continent

Bears can carry a wide variety of diseases and are increasingly attracted to cities, where they live on waste thrown away by humans

Bears can carry a wide variety of diseases and are increasingly attracted to cities, where they live on waste thrown away by humans

Denia’s environmental councilor Maite Perez Conejero said at a full council meeting that officials were in talks with the Alicante Hunting Federation, which was coordinating an operation involving hunters in different parts of the municipality.

She said she was confident there would be draft proposals outlining how the plan would work on public and private land in just over a fortnight.

Barcelona resident Xavier Bosch said he was bitten by a wild boar near the city’s Tibidado amusement park after he went stargazing with his family.

Wild boar numbers have exploded across Europe, with latest estimates now exceeding 10 million of the animals across the continent.

Bears can carry a wide variety of diseases and are increasingly attracted to cities, where they live on waste thrown away by humans.

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