Wild Boar, life and death

Wild Boar, life and death, originally uploaded by Ben909.

The image on the left is a wild boar nest. It consists of a shallow ‘crater’ scraped in to the soil, with a mound of vegetation placed on top. After a few days the sow will leave the nest with her young, and the vegetation collapses as it dries out.
In stark contrast, the image on the right illustrates how the Forestry Commission are capitalising on Defra’s immunocontraceptive experiments by placing high seats near Defra’s feeding hoppers. From these seats the rangers will shoot the wild boar.
The number of wild boar in the forest is believed to be a fraction of what it was last year, but the truth is that nobody really knows how many there are, which makes this policy of killing them all the more concerning. This current ‘management’ of the population could well lead to the inadvertant (or perhaps deliberate?) eradication of the wild boar once again.


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