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    Wild Boar in Scotland

    At long last, I will be moving to Scotland - June 2014 - and can't wait to get a chance at some of the Wild Boar I keep reading about. I stalked them, very, successfully, until 2001, in Germany (when the US Government, in their infinite wisdom, or lack there of, moved me back to Washington State, USA), and can't wait to get to them again, but, this time, in Scotland. Can anyone tell me whom/who I should contact to get things started?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Solwaystalker on here........it will be quite different to Germany though..

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    Quote Originally Posted by BearStalker View Post
    At long last, I will be moving to Scotland - June 2014 - and can't wait to get a chance at some of the Wild Boar I keep reading about. I stalked them, very, successfully, until 2001, in Germany (when the US Government, in their infinite wisdom, or lack there of, moved me back to Washington State, USA), and can't wait to get to them again, but, this time, in Scotland. Can anyone tell me whom/who I should contact to get things started?

    Thank you in advance.
    LOOK UP colin solway stalker sound bloke,atb doug,
    DONT START

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    Being an American who has wild boar of Bavarian ancestry only 15 minutes from my house, and more in a few other patches along a river basin and in the mountains, I am curious about how wild boar came to Scotland. Are these native, or did someone transplant them from Europe, as they did to North Carolina, like the red deer to New Zealand and Argentina?

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    The 'wild boar' in southern scotland are all tamworth crosses that 'escaped'from a local farm, look very much like wild boar thou. Dunno how they are classed now since the police change over, previously D&G reguarded them as feral pigs.

    Most if not all wild boar in uk are ecapee's (some from animal rights nutters, others big storms smashing fences) so will depend wot exactly the farm was farming, no actually intentionally re-introductions.

    I think i'm right in saying pure boar are classed as dangerous/exotic animals and need a licnece and strict security/fencing etc bt if ur using crosses just cassed as pigs/livestock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by countrryboy View Post
    The 'wild boar' in southern scotland are all tamworth crosses that 'escaped'from a local farm, look very much like wild boar thou. Dunno how they are classed now since the police change over, previously D&G reguarded them as feral pigs.

    Most if not all wild boar in uk are ecapee's (some from animal rights nutters, others big storms smashing fences) so will depend wot exactly the farm was farming, no actually intentionally re-introductions.

    I think i'm right in saying pure boar are classed as dangerous/exotic animals and need a licnece and strict security/fencing etc bt if ur using crosses just cassed as pigs/livestock.
    Not quite right
    Our local gamedealer wouldnt buy carcasses until he was sure he could sell them as wild boar , he arranged all the tests etc
    Not sure exactly how they got there but its great to have them around
    Not to be mistaken with the ones that escaped at Carminnows

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    So do u not know where they came from?
    Thought it was pretty common knowledge exactly where they came from.

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    Thank you, Solway.
    Most of the wild pigs in the USA are from escaped domestic stock, reverted to the wild, just as feral dogs will do in a few generations. There are a few in fenced hunting areas of Michigan and Canada which came from Russia or Poland. The ones in Western North Carolina, East Tennessee, and some of South Carolina are from Bavarian stock brought to fenced estates of railroad barons in the late 1890s, which escaped. These are large and quite dangerous. Some have made their way down rivers to the swamps, like the one whose photo I posted a few weeks ago. Some have interbred with domestic pigs escaped during Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

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