Following the decimation of the pine trees on the Sierra Orihuela, there is now another threat.
Hunters have spotted wild boars on the mountain that have been feeding on the grain that is put out for partridges. Wild boar are not an indigenous species and because they breed twice a year can rapidly increase in numbers.
The hunters have special permission to shoot the boar and are doing so at night to avoid walkers. During the daytime they advise walkers, especially those with dogs, to stick to the paths because wild boar can be very protective.
The hunting season starts on the 12th of October, a time when you will hear shots ring out at weekends. However, if you hear shots at dawn before then, these are probably the hunters trying to cull the wild boar.