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Wild Boar

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Message 1 - posted by U5983255, Nov 20, 2007

DEFRA are making a decision on the Wild Boar status in the Forest of Dean at Christmas 07. If they decide that it is too dangerous to leave them as they are, they will eradicate them and the Boar will have AGAIN suffered from man's hand.
They were native to England, but were eradicated through hunting in the 17th Century.

What are your views?

Before you air your views, remember, we are always keen to say, "we should not get involved with nature", but the Boar were not chosen by nature to be killed, they were chosen by MAN.

I spend a lot of time in the Forest as a wildlife photographer and I have come across the Boar in the past, even though the female had piglets they did not attack, just looked for a few moments and ran away.

If you take your dog out, let him run unteathered and a Boar is in the area, the Boar is naturally going to defend itself or it's young and people are trying to persicute this animal for behaving naturally.
If everyone, including joggers, walkers, dog walkers and even the wildlife photographer behaves responsibly, the Boar and humans can coexist.
I do believe that they will need to be managed in the same way as the deer though.

Finally:

To all the critics that preach from their arm chairs, get out there and find a Boar, they are not roaming around like domestic cats and all you do is persecute animals with no understanding or compassion, your voice should not be heard unless you are out their actively trying to make a difference.

Rob


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Message 2 - posted by Mr_Secretary230, Nov 20, 2007

Rob, I have not come across any wild boars, but those seen on Autumn Watch with Simon King seemed more timid than dangerous, even as you mention they had little ones with them. So give them a chance I think. Concentrating on removing the mink would be a better idea.
As I mentioned on another thread, if they want to cull something, try the wild bores on this message board...<laugh>

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Message 3 - posted by lpt100, Nov 20, 2007

When i was in the Czech Republic i had an excellent wild boar steak. Caught wild in the forest around the campsite we were staying at, we went on several walks through the forest and the camp site was accessiable from all sides by the boar. The only thing we had to fear were the tics in the vegitation and the only boar i saw was the one on my plate.
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Message 4 - posted by U5983255, Nov 21, 2007

The ticks you refer to are most probably deer ticks that carry Lyme disease. It is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. No cure.

Good to see some positive comments regarding them, there is a lot of scare mongering going on in the Forest of Dean lately.
I know they can be dangerous, but so can nearly every animal when it or it's young are threatened.

Rob
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Message 5 - posted by Mr_Secretary230, Nov 21, 2007

Quite agree Rob, as we would have to kill all the male deer during the rutting season as they realy can be dangerous.
I like the idea of the bringing back beavers as well, so long as it is done in an appropriate area.


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