I have always been open to the fact that the wild boar population will need managing. Like the fallow deer they have no natural predators, so it is up to us to have a good management system in place to control their numbers.
This is already being done with the fallow deer and I can't see it being a problem if the same system was used to control the wild boar.
On Sunday 3rd January 2010, this is what is being written....
Mr. Sykes has estimated that there are between 90 and 150 wild boar roaming the Forest of Dean. This tells me that he has no idea whatsoever as to the true numbers out there?
He then goes on to say there will be a cull and that the roaming numbers will be kept to 100.
How on earth will he or the shooters know when there are approx 100 left alive when they don't know how many are out there now?
This is another wild statement and I am shocked that it has made it to print! It just points out the fact that there is still a shoot now, ask questions later policy. Also, it tells me that they have never taken the wild boar seriously in the Dean.
If they think there are up to 150 roaming and they only want 100, you can guarantee that they will be looking to take out approx 50!
What if they are wrong and there is only 70 out there?
Sorry, but this is animal cruelty that is being covered up by the word cull! The wild boar is a large mammal that has tusks and is not afraid of dogs like all our other wildlife in the FoD. This has got a lot of people edgy, worried and it has thrown up a lot of scaremongering stories, but the majority of the scare stories are coming from people blowing things out of proportion with exaggeration.
I walk the forest more than most, I check out recent boar sightings as often as I can, but I hardly ever see them.
If there are people out there who see them on a regular basis, they should consider themselves lucky.
Once again we are giving in to the small minded people who influence our actions by using the words "kill" "child" "dog" and "dangerous". These people will not be happy until they have their PC nanny state, even though half of them do not even go near the woods themselves.
It makes me sick to the stomach, knowing that the wild boar are being killed so that we can let our pets run wild, terrorising the wildlife in our forest!