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    Wild Boar population.

    Any reasonably accurate figures to show most recent population of animals and which counties they are present in throughout UK?

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    Not sure about official statistics, but we have seen a trio of them foraging in the woods near Goole, Yorkshire, just off the M18.

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    Some around in Yorkshire at least. Heading for Scotland!

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    Have a look here for information on sightings. Estimates of numbers are always going to be hit and miss given that they are often nocturnal. At one time DEFRA were estimating the Forest of Dean population at about 60 when I saw over 30 in one night on one side of the forest and was shown a photo taken about the same time on the other side of the forest with another 30+ in it, so there were 60 plus in just two locations with virtually the whole of the forest not counted. There are probably 500 - 600 in the forest, surrounding areas and over the river in Monmouthshire although the FC are culling them quite hard at the moment.

    Wild Boar in Britain

    Having looked at the page it seems not have been updated recently so may not answer your question.
    Last edited by paul k; 05-05-2015 at 18:09.

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    We shot one in the Berlin area with 10 small unborn in it so the math is very clear that in 20 years they will be a real problem in the UL if it is ignored by Defra.
    Martin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bavarianbrit View Post
    We shot one in the Berlin area with 10 small unborn in it so the math is very clear that in 20 years they will be a real problem in the UL if it is ignored by Defra.
    Martin
    Thats quite a big litter but all UK boar originate from farms and a domestic pig was often crossed in to increase litter sizes. The Forest of Dean population is of mixed origin with the first release near Ross on Wye being of large East European origin but the second release near Staunton was of different origin and maybe had some domestic pig influence. The two populations have almost certainly intermingled by now so larger than average litter sizes might be a feature. It's not really DEFRA that will do anything as their role is mostly research and advisory, although they have been playing with contraception. Where the boar are in Forestry Commission (NRW in Wales) forests they are culling quite hard with the stated objective of preventing further expansion.

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    I understand that the wild boar in Dorset are a pure wild strain.

    atb Tim

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    I just assumed that Defra would be the agency.
    If farmers think only short term about making money from shooters it will IMO backfire.
    They should be hard controlled now.
    Texas is also suffering an explosive expansion of the population.
    Martin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bavarianbrit View Post
    I just assumed that Defra would be the agency.
    If farmers think only short term about making money from shooters it will IMO backfire.
    They should be hard controlled now.
    Texas is also suffering an explosive expansion of the population.
    Martin
    Wild Boar are native to the UK despite being absent for hundreds of years, the feral hogs in Texas are non-natives. Surely the UK's Boar and the environment would both benefit from a properly conceived management plan and appropriate close seasons rather than some random attempt at eradication by the public authorities.
    atb Tim

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