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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Wild boar under fire and on the menu

Boar hunting is to return to pockets of English woodland in an attempt to keep down their numbers.

A selective cull was sanctioned yesterday, 400 years after the last native wild boar reputedly met its end on the hunting lance of King James I.

The animals, however, are destined for the dinner plate, with butchers and restaurateurs reporting a growing demand for the wild game meat. They are breeding rapidly, particularly in Kent, East Sussex, West Dorset, the Forest of Dean, the fringes of Dartmoor and other parts of Devon.

Source: The Times February 20, 2008

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