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.
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.