Wild Boar

Sus scrofa

Description:
Facts:

Former native species of the UK eradicated over 300 years ago by hunting. The male can grow to over 200KG in weight and a height of up to a metre. Males grow the distinctive "tusks" at around two years of age.
The females are smaller than the males, infants have distinctive brown and white stripes running down their bodies. They do a considerable amount of damage to habitat by their habit of using their snouts to "root" for food. They could pose a danger to humans especially when encountering sows with offspring but if left alone are unlikely to cause harm. They were reimported to the UK by breeders to satisfy a demand for more exotic and healthier meat of high value. The current growing population is thought to have come from escapees from these breeders. For more info -: http://www.britishwildboar.org.uk/

Introduced:

Officially in 1998 (DEFRA) but had been recorded for many years before this.
Origin:
Escapes from breeders, originally from European stock
Location:
Mainly SE England also Herefordshire and Monmouthshire, Unconfirmed reports from elsewhere.
Status:
Increasing in numbers
Problems:
Comments:
Damage to crops and habitat, possible danger to humans, possible disease carrier to livestock.
DEFRA to make decision on their future soon.