you go down to the Forest today, you might get a (very) big surprise.
spate of porcine misdemeanours has fuelled speculation that a colony
of wild boars could be the latest addition to Gloucestershire's
January 2004 one of the creatures, which can weigh up to 200 kg,
found its way into a supermarket and knocked over a hapless shopper.
in December, boars chased horsewoman Carla Edmonds through woodland
on the Gloucestershire/Monmouthshire border.
creatures later added insult to injury by digging up around 100
sq ft. of one of her fields.
this apparent vendetta, Ms Edmonds - speaking to BBC News - described
seeing the creatures as "amazing".
recently, a carcass was discovered on the roadside near the town
initial expectations, this proved not to be the remains of an animal
which had escaped from an abbatoir in January, fuelling speculation
of a breeding colony living in the Forest.
(Boar in the wild - 22 pictures)
Gloucestershire's Andy Vivian visited the area to investigate.
They are relatively shy animals...
saw "'what looks like some excavations by someone who's been
rather wild with their spade" - likely to have been caused
by a boar hunting for chestnuts.
reporter George Harrison believed this was the work of the abbatoir
escapee, nicknamed Houdini.
animal came through Cinderford in this general direction, then disappeared
off the face of the earth," he said.
body's ever been found, and these holes have started appearing since
the animal escaped."
Guest, deputy surveyor at Coleford's Forest Enterprise, has another
impossible to say for sure," he said, "but it's more than
likely that it came from Ross on Wye, where's there's a population
of boar, well into double figures, who are well established and
advised anyone encountering the animals to "back off",
but added: "I think there would be no danger to yourself because
they are relatively shy animals and likely to run away.
if you had a dog that was not on a lead and it tangled with the
boar, I think that's where potential problems would lie."
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