Wild boar return to New Forest after 300 years

Bournemouth Echo: Wild boars return to New Forest after 300 years Wild boars return to New Forest after 300 years

WILD boar have returned to the New Forest – nearly 300 years after the ancient species was hunted almost to extinction.

Farmer Jamie Burgess spent a year adapting his land to rear the animals for their tasty and increasingly popular meat.

The creatures are being kept in a natural environment to closely replicate the conditions they would experience in the wild.

A dangerous wild animal licence and a site inspection are required for anyone keeping wild boar, which weigh more than 20st but can run at 30mph and leap a 6ft gap.

Jamie said: “Wild boar isn’t the easiest option for farming as they have much slower growth rates than domestic pigs, but that makes the meat lower in fat and higher in protein, so it’s a healthier option than many red meats.

“Our method of farming doesn’t domesticate the boar as we want them to live as naturally as possible. This allows for unforced growth and a diet similar to that experienced by boar in the wild, giving the best end result and a rich, nutty flavour.”

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11:31am Fri 9 May 14

fireflier says...

Good luck with his venture ...but I hope he has these boar securely enclosed. When in Germany some years ago we were chased by a female who was guarding her piglets. Luckily we had a fence to jump which kept her on the other side. She did move though...frightening
. Wouldn't like to think of the consequences if these escaped into the forest.
Good luck with his venture ...but I hope he has these boar securely enclosed. When in Germany some years ago we were chased by a female who was guarding her piglets. Luckily we had a fence to jump which kept her on the other side. She did move though...frightening . Wouldn't like to think of the consequences if these escaped into the forest. fireflier
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11:50am Fri 9 May 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

I am sure the "locals" will find something to moan about they hate any groups running amock in the forest!
I am sure the "locals" will find something to moan about they hate any groups running amock in the forest! itsneverblackorwhite
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7:33am Sat 10 May 14

dorsetred says...

Which they will!
Which they will! dorsetred
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11:29am Sat 10 May 14

purplemonster86 says...

They would be better off staying extinct to the area than being kept just to be used for meat.
They would be better off staying extinct to the area than being kept just to be used for meat. purplemonster86
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