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Wild Boar       

Wild boar were native in England at one time, though nobody is quite sure how long ago. There have been quite a few attempts at re introducing them, as far back as the 16th Century for hunting purposes but pressure from farmers has always led to their demise.

Since the popularity of wild boar meat and the farming of them in the UK more and more have managed to escape. On a few occasions there have been mass breakouts involving males, females and young, the exact ingredients to start a thriving wild population. These escapees had originally been cross bred to have larger litters as farmed animals fuelling the population explosion.

At the present time the wild boar has no status of protection at any time of the year and is classed as vermin. They can be shot or trapped day or night and at any time of year. Unfortunately baiting and incorrect animal selection have helped increase the population further. As the boar are realising that man is not necessarily their friend they are becoming more secretive and nocturnal. Their numbers are increasing and undoubtedly will continue to do so as they have done in France. This will bring them more into conflict with humans, especially farmers, the damage they can do is immense. There are also  concerns about wild boar transferring disease to livestock and the danger to the public from injured boar and sows with piglets.

Reports of  dogs being mauled and damage to gardens are increasing but this is as much about educating people on how to deal with wild boar in their locality as controlling the numbers. However there is a time when the numbers need to be culled and managed in the same way as deer. If boar need to be culled then they deserve exactly the same respect and be dispatched in the correct way by a qualified hunter. By keeping the numbers under control, and along with fencing and other deterrents there is no reason why they can not have a happy co-existence with humans, enriching our wild woodlands while providing a valuable food source. For more information on Wild boar and the best way to keep them in check please contact me.


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