Wild boar on increase

Contributed by localrags on Oct 06, 2003 - 01:51 PM

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<FONT color=black><FONT face=Arial size=4>WILD BOAR DANGER INCREASING

<FONT color=black>Four hundred years ago the wild boar was hunted to extinction but it is now making a reappearance in Kent and causing problems for farmers, ramblers and motorists.

<FONT face=Arial><FONT size=2><FONT color=black>There could be up to 1,000 of the animals in Kent and East Sussex and farmers and conservationists are worried that the rapid spread of the animals could destroy crops and cause road accidents.

Commercial wild boar farmers say the boars which actually live out in the wild are responsible for spreading disease such as swine fever and foot-and-mouth.

<FONT color=black>They have also raised concerns that wild boar could present a threat to ramblers.

<FONT color=black>Government experts are compiling a report into the problem after scientists said a colony of the animals grew up in south east England following storms in 1987 and 1989 when 15 of them escaped from farms.