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UK: ‘Deep in the forest, I wait expectantly for my prey – the secretive wild boar’

30th December 2011

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The last time the animal we are looking for was spotted in significant numbers was in in the Middle Ages, rootling through the deep-pile oak leaf carpet of the forest floor, just before it was hunted to extinction.

But three populations of wild boar have now become established in Britain, following their escape from farms which breed them for their excellent meat. While the ferocious creatures of lore have a tendency to burst from the undergrowth, the sounders – or boar families – of Sussex and Dorset live mostly peaceful, retired lives, keeping out of sight of poachers.

3 Responses to “UK: ‘Deep in the forest, I wait expectantly for my prey – the secretive wild boar’”

  1. Dennis Nagle Says:

    Wild pigs are overrunning the US Southeast as we speak. Feral domestic breeds have mated with Russian wild boars which were brought here for who-knows-what reason. The resulting hybrid is bigger, faster, meaner, tougher, and wilyer than its domestic counterpart, though not quite as massive and intimidating as its Eurasian cousins.

    Soon we will be organizing mass pig hunts to rid ourselves of this pernicious pest, which causes hundreds of millions of agricultural damage every year in Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas through rooting–and uprooting–cropland.

    Get your popcorn ready.

  2. Dennis Nagle Says:

    I looked again, and Texas has one of the highest densities of wild hogs. Also Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, and Oklahoma. And they’re woking their way north.
    So the show is coming soon to a town near you, if it hasn’t already opened.

  3. RealRick Says:

    Yeah, feral hogs have become a huge problem in Texas. A friend of mine has property south of Houston. One night he heard a noise outside and turned on the spotlights. He counted 65 hogs rooting through his landscaping.